In a historic temple premises, three suspects were arrested yesterday by the Dambulla police in the North Western province with 1,140 gold plated grains recovered from a hidden treasure and set to be sold as gold paddy seeds.
The Island reported that the suspects were from Kekirawa, Senapura and Polpithigama areas.
A couple who arrived from Nugathalawa in Welimada in the Uva provice, to purchase the fake gold grains, too were arrested by the police.
Police believe that an analysis of calls and numbers on five mobile phones seized from the suspects would lead them to further arrests.
Few days back, three suspects had sold a kilo of fake gold paddy grains to a businessman from Ulpatha in Medawala, investigations also revealed.
Further investigations are being conducted by the Dambulla police.
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