The police had found that this suspect is a resident of Chilaw and he had been engaged in stealing cattle and selling their meat through an organized criminal group. They said that the number of cattle stolen by the suspect cannot be calculated.
During a raid conducted on August 18 by the Puttalam Police, they had taken into custody a bull being taken for slaughter and around 20 ice boxes and a Bolero cab.
The group had very discreetly been sneaking into cattle sheds and stealing an animal and killing it for its meat in a nearby jungle or isolated area.
The suspect faces cases filed at the Hettipola, Chilaw, Pullatam and other courts with regard to cattle thefts.
The Puttalam Police is investigating further.
Pix by Priyankara Kalupahana – Puttalam Corr.