Cock fighting den raided, five arrested

By Madura Ranwala

Wennappuwa police on Sunday raided a cock fighting arena at Boralessa and took into custody five gamblers, two cockerels and several dozen vehicles. They also arrested the man who operated the illegal business on a coconut estate in the area.

Police spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana told The Island that dozens of other gamblers, on seeing the police surround the place, had taken to their heels leaving their vehicles behind.

The raid had been conducted by the Headquarters Inspector of Wennapuwa police on a tip-off. The area is notorious for staging illegal cock fights, police said.

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The police had taken into custody 25 motorcycles, six trishaws, a van and a light lorry.

The Marawila Magistrate yesterday postponed the case to Nov. 5 and released the suspects on surety bail.

The owners of the vehicles in police custody had not surrendered until last night, the police said.

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