Eight arrested for illegal gem mining

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Special Crime Division of Hatton Police arrested eight suspects on 17 July for illegally engaging in gem mining for long time without licence.

A special police team arrested the suspects on a tip-off, while they were engaging in gem mining. Equipment used for gem mining was also seized by the Police.

The preliminary police investigations revealed that the suspects are the residents of Hatton.

Meanwhile, a businessman has lodged a complaint with Jaffna Police stating that two individuals robbed Rs. 1 million belonging to him, while he was engaging in religious activities at Muniappar temple, Jaffna Fort.

Jaffna Police are conducting further inquiries and a manhunt to apprehend the suspects has been commenced as well.

By Naalir Jamaldeen