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Special compensation, posthumous promotion for Wildlife officer

Special compensation will be provided to the family of Wildlife Range Assistant, who had been killed in an elephant attack on Thursday in Kala-Oya, Wildlife Conservation Department Director General M.G.C. Sooriyabandara said.

Speaking to the Daily News yesterday, he said that he spoke to Land, Land Development, Environment and Wildlife Resources Minister S.M.Chandrasena to obtain the Cabinet approval to pay a special compensation to the family of Wildlife officer. He added that the officer would also be posthumously promoted as Wildlife Ranger in the Grade III.

In addition, he said the Department would contribute to the funeral expenses of the officer from the Wildlife Conservation Fund with the consent of the family.

“Normally we pay Rs.300,000 as compensation, but we decided to increase it this time. The amount will be decided by Cabinet shortly,” he said. Wildlife Range Assistant P.M.A.D.Wendakaduwa (57) was killed in an elephant attack, when he was engaged in an operation to capture a wild elephant which had intruded a village in the area.

The incident had occurred around 4pm near the ‘Kuda Galge Viharaya’ in the Kala Oya range. The victim was a senior wildlife officer who had service experience of about 35 years. He was a resident of Puttalam and a father of two children. The wildlife officers had tried to tie the elephant’s legs using ropes after tranquillizing it. At that moment, the wild animal had suddenly attacked the Wildlife Range Assistant.

The Wildlife officers said the victim had succumbed to his injuries on admission to the Thambuttegama hospital.

Another Wildlife officer was attacked and killed by an elephant on December 15 last year during an operation to chase away invading elephants in Rajjammana, Matale.


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