Investigations carried out with regard to the Easter Sunday terror attacks have revealed that the terrorists and their close contacts were in the possession of a large sum of money. The significance in this regard is the fact that this large sum of money was available in Rs. 5,000 notes.
25-year-old Mohamed Faazim Madhaniyaa, the sister of Mohamed Zahran was arrested in Kattankudy yesterday (May 1), along with a sum of Rs. 2 million, all in Rs. 5,000 notes.
Another sum of Rs. 1.9 million was also discovered in a paddy field in Narammala yesterday, based on information retrieved from Mohamed Anwar Mohamed Rizwan, who was identified as the brother-in-law of the suicide bomber who attacked the Katuwapitiya Church. Significantly this amount also consisted of Rs. 5,000 notes.
Three people wearing burqa’s and a driver who made purchases from a clothing store in Giriulla to the tune of just over Rs. 29,000 on the 19th of April, made their payment with Rs. 5,000 notes.
The clothing store bag and white clothes which were purchased from this store were discovered from the blown-up house in Saindamaruthu.
Interestingly, Saindamaruthu locals claim that before the explosion the terrorists had thrown stacks of Rs. 5000 notes to the neighbouring houses.
Rs. 10 million, blue sapphires and foreign currency were found at the house in Dematagoda where an explosion took place on the 21st.
All the local currency was in Rs. 5,000 notes, while one bundle of Rs. 5,000 notes was tied with a band bearing the name of a private bank in Sri Lanka.
Rs. 10 million discovered from Boragaha in Welimada and Rs. 12.1 million discovered at a house in Maduragoda, Weligama, all in Rs. 5,000 notes.
According to reports carried by certain Tamil newspapers, the attackers had paid a large sum of money for the houses obtained on rent in Ampara.
According to these reports, a sum of Rs. 40,000 was paid monthly for the house in Bolivarian village in Sainthamaruthu, while a sum of Rs. 50,000 monthly was paid for the house in Sennel Gramam, Samanthurai.
Handsome rents were paid monthly for houses. Rs. 20,000 was paid monthly for a house in Nintavur and a Rs. 15,000 was paid for the house in Addalaichenai. However, the normal rate of rent for an average house in these areas is around Rs. 3,000 to 5,000 monthly.