Sri Lanka’s terror group behind bombings  has an asset of  Rs. 700 Cr

Sri Lanka’s terror group behind bombings has an asset of  Rs. 700 Cr

Agency News

Colombo, May07: The asset of the ISIS-linked Sri Lankan extremist group National Thowheed Jamaath (NTJ) has been adjudged by the Sri Lankan police as Rs. 14 crore in cash and other immovable assets worth over Rs. 700 crore.The assets and the cash were found during the investigations by the CID, police said.

"Half of the cash has been taken under CID custody and the remainder was found deposited in several bank accounts. The CID has taken measures to suspend those accounts," police spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekera said.

In the ongoing investigation, around 73 suspected members of the NTJ have been arrested so far and are being questioned by the CID and the Terrorist Investigation Department (TID). "There are 54 suspects including seven women under CID custody while 19 others including two women are under TID custody," he said.

More than 250 people, including 11 Indians, were killed and nearly 500 others injured in the co-ordinated suicide bombings, which targeted three Catholic churches and three luxury hotels.

Though the ISIS claimed the attacks, the island nation's worst,the Sri Lankan government blamed ISIS linked local Islamist extremist group NTJ. The move to ban the outfits came after the Lankan Parliament adopted a newly-enforced emergency regulation on Wednesday following a series of eight coordinated blasts, which ripped through three churches and three high-end hotels frequented by tourists on April 19 in the country's deadliest violence since the devastating civil war ended in 2009.