Kahatagasdigiliya Police say a wild elephant died in the Nolugollekada area in Kahatagasdigiliya after being shot by a police sergeant on duty at the Kahatagasdigiliya police station.
A police team from the Kahatagasdigiliya Police Station was dispatched to the Nolugollekada village at around 12.30 last night (26) after residents sought assistance to chase away a wile elephant that was destroying their crops.
The police opened fire when the elephant attempted to charge the police team that was arriving at the location in a jeep. The wild elephant died on the spot from the shooting.
The elephant is about 8 feet tall and nearly 30 years old, police said. Kahatagasdigiliya Police are conducting further investigations.