The Gem and Jewellery Authority states that the Kataragama Police arrested 5 persons who attempted to excavate sand from the Tammennava Gem Land.
Police media spokesperson SP Ajith Rohana stated that two officers of the ministerial security division and a businessman from Buttala were among the arrested.
They security officers were assigned to the security detail of Deputy Minister of Education Vijith Wijayamuni Soyza.
When inquired from the Deputy Minister he stated these individuals had obtained leave and were relieved from their duty.
Meanwhile, the police media spokesperson added that a double cab which was to be used to transport the sand was also found on site.
This plot of land was recently auctioned at a value of 4.5 million rupees.