COLOMBO (News 1st); The caretaker of the female tusker 'Seetha', M. M. Roshan says that the responsible government agencies have so far failed to intervene with regard to the administration of treatment to the tusker who is suffering from gunshot injuries.
An expert from the Veterinary Unit attached to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic in Kandy commenced providing treatment to the female tusker 'Seetha' who is suffering from gunshot injuries.
The tusker is currently receiving treatment at the Mahiyanganaya Raja Maha Viharaya.
The tusker suffered a gunshot injury while being chained at the temple premises, after parading the streets as part of the Mahiyanganaya Raja Maha Viharaya Randoli Perahera on Saturday.
The tusker was shot when the mahout stepped away for a meal.
Veterinarians said that four to five bullets penetrated the left foot of the tusker.
Investigations have revealed that the female tusker was shot using a Repeating firearm issued to a Civil Defence Officer attached to the Department of Wildlife, who was assigned to a security detail.
The suspect who was arrested over the incident was produced to the Mahiyanganaya Magistrate's Court and was released on a personal bail of Rs. 100,000/-.