Chief Inspector among six arrested over treasure hunting

By Norman Palihawadana

Inspector General of Police N. K. Illangakoon yesterday ordered the arrest of a Chief Inspector attached to a special unit coming under the Vavuniya Range for obstructing the duties of a team of policemen when the latter went to apprehend a group of treasure hunters.

According to a senior police officer, six suspects now in custody had been hunting for treasure in the jungles of Vavuniya and the Chief Inspector who is also under arrest now had attempted to prevent the treasure hunters being taken onto custody.

The suspects were produced before the Vavuniya Magistrate and remanded till July 3.

The Chief Inspector was produced before the Colombo Fort Magistrate and remanded till July 3.

On information elicited from the suspects, police would interrogate another police officer of a higher rank attached to the Vavuniya Division, police sources said.

Police were also trying to ascertain whether the suspects had gone to the jungles to retrieve a consignment of gold buried there by the now defunct LTTE during the war.

When contacted Vavuniya DIG U.K. Dissanayake said another policeman who was responsible for the act was trying to make one of his officers the scapegoat and added that the place dug for treasures had been excavated on an earlier occasion by another party.

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