Seventeen persons who were found dumping garbage into the Kelani River and Hamilton Canal were arrested by the Naval Unit of the Sri Lanka Police yesterday.

The suspects were arrested after officers conducted an environmental operation in these areas. The suspects include 12 females and five males.

The arrested persons were later released on police bail. They have been instructed to produce themselves before the Mahara and Aluthkade Magistrate’s Court on November 5. Police Naval Unit is conducting further investigations.