A heated argument sparked between State Minister of Wildlife Wimalaweera Dissanayake and officials from the Department of Wildlife Conservation.
An exchange of words took place between the State Minister and Wildlife officials.
After the Minister had arrived in Weheragodayaya to resolve the issue.
The residents had requested land to be allocated for farming and cattle to graze within a national wildlife park.
The Wildlife officials strongly opposed this.
The Wildlife officials charge that the Minister had threatened and forced them to accept his solution to issues raised by residents.