A special investigation unit of the Criminal Investigations Department took into custody sub-inspector G.T. Samantha Bandara of the reserve police who had in his possession two gold plated Buddha statues of archaeological value, a stock of live bullets and several rubber stamps of high state officials.
The sub-inspector is said to have been summoned for service in a special operations unit in Colombo from Medagama police station where he was working. The suspect SI along with a private jeep and two gold plated Buddha statues was taken into custody by a team of sailors who handed over the suspect and the items to Settikulama police.
Settikulama police have released the suspect without an inquiry and SP Ivan Gunaratne had initiated an inquiry after the media gave publicity to the matter.
The suspect was remanded by Gampaha Magistrate and would be produced in Vavuniya Magistrate court tomorrow.
The Bribery Commission too has been informed of the case.