Foreign national, Kattadiya quizzed:
Treasure hunters in the net
Several people including a foreign national who joined the bandwagon
of illicit treasure hunters in the past few months along with the
Kattadias have been taken in for questioning by the police and their
implements seized while excavating treasures in various parts of the
country, Police Media Spokesman, SP Sajeewa Medawatte said.
Acting on a tip off on Friday, a police party from Rattotta swooped
on a gang of illicit treasure hunters in Kandenuwara while excavating
Six males including a British national and two females were taken in
for questioning by the Rattota police.
The 65-year-old British national was a resident of Kadawatte Road,
Dehiwela while the other five males and two women suspects were from
Wellampitiya, Gothatuwa and Norwood. The van in which they travelled to
the site and the implements used for digging were seized by the police.
The suspects will be produced before the Matale Magistrate after
investigations are completed. Meanwhile, a police party from the Thalawa
police station swooped on those engaged in an illicit treasure hunt at
Batuwatte Jayagaha Ella on Friday and seized a priceless Buddha statue
measuring 13 inches in length weighing over three kilograms in the
possession of the treasure hunters.
The gilded Buddha statue is believed to have archaeological value,
the police said.
Two suspects including a bhikkhu from Mawathagama and Ambanpola have
been taken in for questioning in this connection, police said. The
suspects will be produced before the Thambuttegama Magistrate courts,