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Five people were arrested for digging gems in Maha Eliya reserve

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Five persons were arrested on suspicion early today (23) who were destroying the environment in Sri Pada Reserve at Bhagwantlawa Mahaeliya and digging gems without permission.

The raid was carried out based on information that a group of gem smugglers from Balangoda, Bhagwanthalawa, Ratnapura, Norwood and Hatton are destroying the environment of the reserve and stealing gems.

The site officer said that five suspects and a lot of equipment used for mining were also taken into custody.

The arrested suspects are residents of Bagavanthalawa and Balangoda areas.

The suspects are to be produced before the Hatton Magistrate’s Court.

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