The newly trained ‘Nandimithra Force’ of the Home Guards has carried out its first ever operation on Monday night in the Karuwalgaswewa area, where they arrested 12 suspects, who were engaged in illegal felling of timber in the Thabbowa Reserve forest.
A spokesman of the Unit said an eight man team of the Unit had conducted the raid and found two lakhs worth of illegal timber along with a lorry and a motorcycle. “Our members received no injuries during the operation though there was heavy resistance from the timber racketeers, who chased out the Forest officers last week,” the spokesman said. He said that the arrested persons were handed over to the police. For a long time these racketeers have been engaged in these activities and forestry officers could not prevent it.
The Nandimithra Force was the first team of the newly formed unit passed out recently from the Galkiriyagama Civil Security Force Training College after several months of training. “They were given training similar to the Special Forces of the Army and were also good enough to conduct their own operations against the Tamil Tigers,” the spokesman also added.