The Anuradhapura Police on Wednesday arrested a member of a gang that befriends train commuters and steals their valuables after drugging them.
He was arrested at the Anuradhapura Railway station when Police searched the Uttaradevi train plying from Medwachiya to Anuradhapura.
Police said the arrested man, from Galenbindunuwewa, had earlier served as a home guard.
Just prior to his arrest he had given drugged wafer biscuits to two railway commuters and robbed them of a mobile phone and cash amounting to Rs 3,400. The two unconscious commuters were removed from the train and admitted to the Anuradhapura Hospital, Police said.
HQI Anuradhapura M. R. P. Sarathpremna is heading the investigations.