the operation backfired
Our Wariyapola correspondent Pushpakumara Jayaratna recounts the
incident that invited death to the inspector: Wariyapola OIC Nimal
Rowell became another victim of another angry elephant who took
its revenge on humans who dared to invade the wilds, their natural
was concerned about the danger posed by wild elephants to the villagers
of Bandarawatta, Welegedarawatta and Hunugama. When he received
information that an elephant was scaring the daylights out of people
in the village, he rushed to the place with some police officers.
news of the elephant had spread fast and by the time the inspector
had arrived at the scene, several people and media personnel had
already gathered there.
inspector ordered his men to light fire crackers to scare the elephant
away, though the police officers were armed.
But the elephant stood its ground and turned aggressive.
started charging towards the crowd. The inspector was unlucky. He
fell twice while running away. The angry animal took the fallen
victim by his trunk and trampled him.
inspector seemed to have survived the ordeal and he was alright
while he was being taken to the Kurunegala hospital. His colleague
SSP Gopallawa consoled him in the vehicle telling him everything
would be alright.
it was not to be. The 53-year-old inspector, who served the police
department for 30 years, succumbed to his injuries a while later.
He was 53 and had served for 30 years in the police force.