Semi-precious stones, valued at around Rs.50 lakh, were seized and a five-member gang was arrested in the city on Wednesday. On a tip-off, City Task Force Inspector Ch. Tirupathi Rao, III Town (MVP Zone) Inspector V. Srinivasa Rao and their teams conducted a raid at KRM Colony and seized the semi-precious stones, weighing 8.5 kg, and arrested five persons.

The gang members gathered in the city a few days ago and decided to sell the gems to jewellery shops at high prices.