Seven treasure hunters arrested

By A.U. Gunapala

Chilaw police yesterday nabbed seven persons carrying out excavations in search of treasure at Inigoda in Chilaw.

The treasure hunters had selected the specific place for digging with the help of a metal detector, the suspects told police.

Police took into custody the scanner, a charger, a dongle, a pen drive, four leaflets of the scanner with instructions of how to find underground metals using it, a catalogue of the scanner, incense sticks, incense powder, several mammoties, a pickaxe and some other paraphernalia.

Police said four of the seven suspects were residents of Inigodawela. One of the suspects was from Marawila in Chilaw, while the other two were from Vilpatha and Kakkapalliya, Maradankulama.

The seven suspects were to be produced before the Chilaw Magistrate, police said.

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