The nose of a police sergeant attached to Elpitiya police station had been slashed by a pillion rider when he and three other officers attempted to stop a motorcycle at the Yakkaduwa Junction yesterday morning.

The sergeant was being treated at the Karapitiya hospital, Police Media Unit (PMU) said. A senior police officer told The Nation that four policemen had been deployed to arrest the two suspects believed to be chain snatchers.

Police had not been able to identify the two suspects and a team had been deployed to nab them.