The gem gravels were being transported from Hatton- Dickoya to Hatton-Norwood. Hatton Police Anti Vice squad made the arrest according to a tipoff received, around 7 pm at the Hatton Dikoya town.
Officers of the Anti Vice Squad stated that the suspects have mined the area near to the Dickoya canal, that flowing from Hatton to Castlereagh reservoir and taken out gem gravels from there.
A suspect among the arrested is a field officer attached to the Norwood Highway office. Gem mining equipment and water pump have also been taken into custody.
The suspects had planned to obtain a permit from the Gem and Jewelery Authority to wash the transported gravels at the Norwood estate grounds.
The suspects were scheduled to be produced before the Hatton Magistrate Court today (11).
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