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The deforestation of the Wilpattu reserve has taken a religious twist with Muslim Parliamentarians accusing the government of failing to look into the welfare of the Muslims.

President Maithripala Sirisena last week gave instructions to the relevant authorities to issue a gazette notification declaring a larger Wildlife reserve, including the surrounding forest area which is not under the purview of the Department of Wildlife, further expanding the forest area belonging to the Wilpattu National park.

Furthermore, the President ordered the expeditious implementation of a programme to monitor the forest, including the Wilpattu National park with aerial monitoring utilising the modern technology.