Five suspects who were engaged in illegal gem mining causing immense damage to the Maha Eliya Reserve in BagAwantalawa have been taken into custody.
The suspects had been engaged in this illegal process staying in the Bagawantala Maha Eliya Reserve. The raid was carried out following a tip off received by sleuth of the Bagawantalawa Police Station.
Five suspects were apprehended in the raid and several utensils used by the suspects for gem mining have been seized. The Police said that the suspects are residents of the area. They have been enlarged on Police bail. They are due to be produced in the Hatton Magistrate’s Court on the 21st of this month.