3 suspects who had been instrumental in treasure hunting over at the Nachchidoowa river reservation have been apprehended by police.
The arrest had been based on a tip off which police had received from a civil defence force personal in Punchikulama, Thirappane.
The rest of the individuals comprising the group had managed to flee authorities during the arrest raid.
According to police, one of the individuals who had been arrested is believed to be a resident of the Thirappane area, while the other two are believed to be residents of Galnawa.
Meanwhile a tense situation arose between area residents and the STF adjacent to the Hiwalapitiya River in Wilachchiya Anuradhapura on Tuesday.
Area residents accused the STF of providing security to a group of treasure hunters.
However according to the Police Media Spokesperson the STF had been dispatched to the area to apprehend the suspects based on a tip-off it had received.
The tip off had informed police that a group of individuals were scouring the area for ancient artefacts.
Meanwhile various views were expressed during media briefings today with regards to illegal excavations which are being carried out island wide.
UNP MP Harin Fernando participating in one such media briefing accused the government of not being able to secure such artefacts.
Meanwhile JVP MP Bimal Rathnayeke expressed these views at a similar media briefing.
Meanwhile our news team sought the views of Police Media Spokesperson Ajith Rohana in this reagard.
Deputy Director of Archaeology in charge of the North Central Province Mahinda Weerakkodi stated that the department of archaeology had not been informed of any excavation being carried out adjacent to the Hiwalapitiya river in Wilachciya, Anuradhapura.