Sri Lanka Crisis: Protestors find 17.85 million rupees from President Rajapaksa's home

Tens of thousands of protesters captured Rajapaksa's sea-front office shortly after overrunning the palace on Saturday.

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Monday, July 11, 2022, 06:35 PM IST
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Sri Lanka Crisis: Protestors find 17.85 million rupees from President Rajapaksa's home | Photo: ANI

After millions of rupees in cash were recovered by protestors who stormed embattled President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's official residence in Sri Lanka, it was handed over to a court on Monday, AFP reported.

Protesters during the raid at President's house discovered 17.85 million in Sri Lankan rupee (about $50,000) in crisp new banknotes but instead of keeping it for themselves despite facing an economic crisis, turned it over to the police on Saturday.

"The cash was taken over by the police and will be produced in court today," a police spokesman said.

Official sources said a suitcase full of documents had also been left behind at the stately mansion.

Tens of thousands of protesters captured Rajapaksa's sea-front office shortly after overrunning the palace on Saturday.

The protestors also shared a video on social media showing the counting of the currency notes that were unearthed.

According to the Daily Report, authorities have informed that they will take steps to announce the ground situation after probing the relevant facts.

Hundreds of anti-government protesters on Saturday stormed into Rajapaksa's residence in central Colombo's high-security Fort area after breaking the barricades, as they demanded his resignation over the island nation's worst economic crisis in recent memory. Another group of protesters entered the private residence of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and set it on fire.

Rajapaksa, who fled his residence following anti-government protests is still missing. No one knows where the President is. His only communication outside since the protesters stormed into the city has been with Parliament Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, who announced late Saturday night that the President would resign on Wednesday.

(with agency inputs)

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