Jan 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police have arrested four suspects attempting to sell an extremely rare Valampuri conch shell for Rs. 40 million.
Police officers attached to Wattala Police acting on information received arrested the four suspects at Mabola, Wattala Sunday night while they were preparing to sell the rare shell.
The Valampuri shell with a left-opening is extremely rare and is considered sacred and very auspicious to use in Hindu religious rituals.
The conch shell is 43 cm long, 16 cm in height and a circumference of 103 cm. It had 10 left-turned rings and weighed 1285 gm, police said.
A Police officer attached to the Wattala police who acted as a broker for a millionaire businessman in a foreign country made the arrest on a tip-off received by the station OIC, Chief Inspector Eric Perera.
The four suspects, are 31, 34, 36, 37 years of age and are residents from Maradana, Wellampitiya and GrandPass.
They are due to be presented in the Wattala magistrate Court today.
Wattala Police are conducting further investigations.
In a separate incident, three suspects were arrested with a conch shell from the Wariyapola town during a raid carried out Sunday night on a tip off received by the Wariyapola Police.
The suspects claimed that the conch shell was purchased from a person in the Kithulgala area for Rs. 500,000. The arrests were made while the suspects were planning to sell it for Rs. 8 million.