It is reported that a gem mine has suddenly been uncovered from Wera-lupa in Rathnapura.
The Rathnapura Gem and Jewellery Authority stated that several gems were recovered when the Rathnapura Municipal Council had removed a tree in the relevant area yesterday.
The Chairman of the Gem and Jewellery Authority Prasad Galhena stated that reports were received that large numbers of crowds had visited the relevant area last night and had taken away sand.
Speaking further the Chairman of the Gem and Jewellery Authority stated that a group of officials had already left to conduct investigations with this regard.
Meanwhile, police protection has been provided to the area where the gems were found today as a result of large groups of people visiting the site.