Several disagreements although DNA reports tallied
The DNA report on the specimens of the carcass and the tusks of the famous Galgamuwa tusker “Dala Puttuwa” with crossed tusks had tallied in general, but there were several disagreements. This was revealed when the case against eight suspects on bail in connection with the alleged killing of the tusker was taken up before the Maho Magistrate and Additional District Judge Rasika Mallawarachchi.
The Magistrate held that the remark on incongruities in specimens of the carcass and the tusks needed further explanation and that the progress of investigations should be reported through an official thoroughly conversant with the contents in the DNA report. The Magistrate ordered the CID to study the DNA report well and to seek the Attorney General’s advise if required.
The Magistrate rejected the request of the suspects to relax the bail conditions and held that the charges had been filed under the Public Property Act and that the bail conditions would stand.
However the request for the release of the trishaw involved in the incident was granted, when the CID informed court that the trishaw was no longer required for investigations. The Magistrate ordered the release of the trishaw on a surety bond of Rs.1.5 million and that it should not be sold, alienated or destroyed.
The Magistrate held that the remark on incongruities in specimens of the carcass and the tusks needed further explanation