22 persons have been arrested by police who had been place bets at a cock fight arena in the Fathima Watte area in Bandirippuwa, Marawila.
According to our correspondent the arena had been functioning over a considerable period of time aided by provincial political authorities and the police.
Meanwhile a suspect had died after drowning in the Ging Oya when he fled the arena.
The suspect was a 42 year old from the Aadi- ambalama area.
The remaining suspects were enlarged on cash bail amounting to 100 rupees each by the Marawila additional magistrate.
During yesterdays raid 8 fighting cocks, 13 motor bikes, and a stash of cash had been confiscated by police.