Eight persons, including an Interpreter Mudaliyar of a Court in Anuradhapura and an employee of the Anuradhapura Municipality were taken into custody by the Nochchiyagama Police when they were engaged in a treasure hunt atop an ancient rock in the Periyanagalle tank in Adampane.
The raid was conducted on information provided by villagers of the area.
Along with the suspects, a lorry, two motor cycles, a host of equipment to blast rocks and dig earth, flowers, joss sticks and betel leaves, to perform religious rites, were also taken into custody.
At the time of the raid the treasure hunters had already blasted the rock to a depth of 14 feet and a diameter of six feet
One suspect, who attempted to escape on seeing the police, was seriously injured when a large thorn pierced his sole. He is now warded in the Anuradhapura Hospital under Police guard.
The Nochchiyagama Police have a sought a report from the Archaelogical Department to ascertain what type of treasure is said to be inside the blasted rock,if there was any.
OIC Nochchiyagama Police Chief Inspector Piyal Karunaratne was thankful to the villagers of the area for providing prompt information that led to the arrest the suspects.
The suspects were due to be produced before the Tambuttegama Magistrate.
SI Gandarawatte, PSs Mendis (47371), Chandrasena (29795), PCs Pathiraja (7014, Tillekeratne (7022) and Vijitha (9039) assisted the OIC in the raid.