Shipment of oysters nabbed

By Padma Kumari Kankanamge

The Kalpitiya police at dawn yesterday took into custody four suspects, a tractor with 70 gunny bags filled with oysters and a trawler attempting to transport the catch to India.

According to police the oysters were illegally caught from Kamaladiya to be shipped to India. Police said each gunny bag contained around 150 oysters said to value over Rs. 10 lakhs. Also taken into custody was a phone GPS which could indictate sea routes.

According to fishing regulations governed by the The Fauna & Flora act and the National Environment Act No 47 of 1980, police can indict such offenders who are punishable in Court under Regulation No. 98.

Laksman Ranwalaarachchi HQI Galewela, IP Ekanayaka, SI Edirisinghe and other PCs from the Galewela police conducted the raid.

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