Sev­eral dis­agree­ments although DNA re­ports tal­lied

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS - BY SAJEEWA KOTTAGE

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

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