According to the police media unit, anyone who collects funds from the public on the streets need to obtain approval from the relevant authorities.
The suspects who were arrested, which included four men and four women, had not obtained approval from the relevant authorities.
The police said that the suspects were arrested while they were collecting money from the public near a Church in the area.
The suspects were residents of Kaduwela, Athurugiriya, Malwana and Passara. The driver of the van used in the fundraising had fled before he could be arrested.
The police seized Rs. 5760 from the suspects as well as tickets sold to the public on the streets to obtain the funds.
The suspects were produced in court on Friday. (Colombo Gazette)