13 tippers full of soil from the mine have been taken to the tank at ‘Ranminitenna Tele-cinema village’ to mine for gems. The area around the tank too has been made a prohibited area for officials of the National Gem and Jewellery Authority.
The mine has gems concentrated in a very small area. According to villagers “a shopping bag of soil in the mine would contain at least Rs.8000 worth of gems.” After mining for gems the soil is again taken to the mine and the ground is prepared for an auction to be held on the 28th. However, villagers say there wouldn’t be any gems left once the Rajapaksa’s have completed their plunder.