VIDEO: Police arrest turtle hatchery owner over ‘false complaint’

VIDEO: Police arrest turtle hatchery owner over ‘false complaint’

January 15, 2014   03:44 pm

The owner of the Kosgoda turtle hatchery and an employee were arrested for lodging a false complaint with police claiming that an albino turtle was missing, police said.

The albino turtle that went missing from the Kosgoda turtle hatchery was allegedly found yesterday after a similar turtle was discovered in a home in Ambalangoda. However, reports indicate that the weight of the turtle that has been found does not match the missing one.
The rare albino turtle went missing from the hatchery on December 15, 2013 while the owner of the establishment had made a complaint to the police. The Kosgoda police began an investigation into the incident while the Matara police too held its own investigations.
Police had received information that sea water was being carried three times a day into the house of the hatchery owner’s daughter. Upon searching the home, an albino turtle weighing 5˝ kg was discovered.
However, according to the initial complaint made by the hatchery owner, the missing turtle weighed 9˝ kg.
Police also questioned popular singer Amal Perera regarding the turtle as the hatchery owner reported that Perera approached him in order to buy the turtle some time ago. Perera confirmed that the turtle that was found was indeed the turtle that he inquired about.
Police Spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said that investigations are now under way to determine if the hatchery owner had made a false complaint and provided the police with false information.

The hatchery owner in question had been hospitalised according to his relatives.

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