July 16, Colombo: The police have nabbed five people this morning on suspicion of unauthorized gem mining at the Keselgamu Oya reserve in the Castlereagh reservoir.
OIC of the Bogawanthalawa Police, Chief Inspector KC Dharmapriya said the five suspects have caused a huge damage to the environment destroying the bamboo trees planted to protect the banks of the Keselgamu Oya reserve and removing the tea bushes adjacent to the banks.
According to the police, they had dug large holes and after recovering the gem ores, the soil had been tossed in to the Keselgamu Oya. The police have also seized several devices used for unauthorized gem mining.
The suspects, residents of Bogawantalawa have been released on police bail. They will be charged in Hatton Magistrate's Court, the OIC further added.