Tense situation erupts in Balangoda after gem deposit is discovered

Tense situation erupts in Balangoda after gem deposit is discovered

Written by Bella Dalima

28 Mar, 2014 | 7:53 pm

A tense situation arose on Thursday evening in Weliharanawa in Kirindigala, Balangoda, following the discovery of a gem deposit. The gem deposit had been discovered during construction of a water supply project in the area.

Following the discovery of the gem deposit at the site of the construction of the water scheme in Weliharanawa, Kirindigala in Balangoda, residents attempted to remove soil from the area.

Officials of the National Gem and Jewellery Authority arrived at the location accompanied by Police Special Task Force personnel and seized the keys of vehicles that had been brought to the area to transport soil out, and evicted residents from the area.

The Assistant Superintendent of Police in Ratnapura, who was at the location was unable to leave, as the Kirindigala – Weliharanawa road had been blocked.

Subsequently, the Police Special Task Force personnel, officials of the Gem and Jewellery Authority and residents were removed from the area and regular police personnel were deployed to provide security to the location.

 

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