Four suspects were arrested by the Wattala police with a left-curved conch shell called “Valampuri” valued Rs.40 million while on the way to be sold at Mabola,Wattala.
It has been described as being one of the most valuable conch shells found in the country in recent times.
A Police officer attached to the Wattala police who acted as a broker for a millionaire businessman in a foreign country made the arrest on a tip-off received by the station OIC, Chief Inspector Eric Perera.
The conch shell is 43 cm long, 16 cm in height and a circumference of 103 cm. It had 10 left-turned rings and weighed 1285 gm.
The four suspects are the residents from Maradana, Wellampitiya and Grandpass.
According to the information received by the police, suspects had brought the conch shell from Kinniya in Trincomalee.The suspects were produced in the Wattala Magistrate’s Court today.
The police said the investigations would be carried out after the records were received from National Aquatic Resources Agency (NARA).
A team of police officers led by OIC V. Ellagehave carried out this raid on the instructions of Western Province DIG Ajith Rohanaunder the supervision of Kelaniya Senior SP UpaliJayasinghe andASP J.M.P. Jayalath. (Lal S. Kumara)
Is it illegal to have Valampuri if so ho is establishment is selling these on TV
Giabao Monday, 01 January 2018 08:54 PM
is it illegal to find them, keep them or to sell these shells though a private sale ?
IVJ Tuesday, 02 January 2018 01:56 AM
DM, please enlighten us.... Is it illegal to sell such seashells? This article is not complete if you don't provide the readers with the entire picture.
Mathematic master Tuesday, 02 January 2018 02:55 AM
Guaranted sea shell seller is "mandarin sami"
Kadiya Tuesday, 02 January 2018 06:35 AM
The pic of course appears to be of a triton and not a conch!
Vernon Tuesday, 02 January 2018 10:46 AM
If I find a valampuri on the beach, can't I keep it like any other sea shell? Under what ordinance it is illegal to posses one. Another matter is who these idiots to believe in special powers of Valampuri (just the shell of an animal), and pay such a sum of 40 million?
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