Wilpattu Jumbo killings: Cover-up over whodunnit?
Despite fresh evidence emerging that security personnel of Christian Affairs Minister Milroy Fernando were present in the location around the same time when a she elephant and three calves were shot dead in the Wilpattu Wildlife Sanctuary, they are yet to be questioned, The Sunday Times learns.

These elephants had been shot with T 56 weapons and this gruesome killing is reportedly the highest number of elephants killed in a single incident. Residents in the area say that a group of security personnel had been in the same vicinity, clearing up the area surrounding a rundown church known as Kele Palliya.

They were reportedly preparing for an upcoming church feast. However The Sunday Times learns that the CID team probing the incident has not yet questioned the Minister or his security personnel. Meanwhile Deputy Director of Wildlife, S. Fernando declined to comment on the progress of the investigation.

"We cannot comment on the ongoing investigations since it might obstruct the process. The Wildlife Department too is conducting its own investigations and I cannot comment on that either. We also do not know whether a Minister was involved," Mr. Fernando said.

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