Thursday, May 10, 2018

Elephant pearl traders nabbed with decoy

Two businessmen and a relative of one of them, who attempted to sell two elephant pearls (Gaja Muthu) for Rs.7 million had been arrested using a decoy, the Dambulla Police said.

Officers of the Special Investigation Unit of the Dambulla Police that conducted investigations for several days on a tip off contacted the businessmen concerned and agreed to buy the two pearls.

As appointed, the parties met near the Rangiri Dambulla Rajamaha Vihara and during the transaction with the decoys, the Police arrested the three men and seized the two elephant pearls.

According to Police that the suspects had killed a tusker in the Yala National Park for elephant pearls and that they were in possession of the two tusks as well.

The Police said the suspects were being questioned to recover the two tusks.

OIC Crimes Investigation Unit IP Gayan Samarakoon, and SI J.M. Wijeratne are conducting further investigations.

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