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Jaipur cash trail arrest

Cooch Behar, Jan. 13: Police here have recovered Rs 86 lakh from a woman whose husband, a driver in a security agency in Rajasthan, had decamped with more than Rs 1 crore.

Salema Bibi was apprehended along with her son, his wife, daughter and son-in-law near the New Cooch Behar railway station yesterday.

The 40-year-old woman is a resident of Suktabari here. Her husband Mohan Lal, 55, fled with the cash on January 10, when guards of the security agency were busy loading ATMs in Jaipur, Rajasthan. Mohan was driving the cash van.

Cooch Behar police chief Kalyan Banerjee said Mohan Lal is absconding. “According to information received from Jaipur police, the guards of the private security agency had started with Rs 1.11 crore and were loading ATMs of a nationalised bank in the Ashoknagar area of south Jaipur. While two of the guards were with bank officials loading Rs 5.5 lakh in an ATM at a shopping mall, Mohan drove away with the van and the remaining money,” Banerjee said.

He said an FIR was lodged by the security agency at the Ashoknagar police station. The cops had set up check points on all roads leading out of the Pink City. The Rajasthan police finally zeroed down on Mohan’s rented residence there but the landlord told them that he had left.

“The Jaipur police managed to get hold of a photograph of Salema and also came to know that the family had gone to Delhi. We were sent a copy of the photograph yesterday morning and we formed a nine-member team to search for them. We were keeping a watch on the trains coming from Delhi yesterday,” the SP said.

He said that after the Guwahati-bound Rajdhani Express and the Brahmaputra Mail passed, the Northeast Express from Delhi arrived around 4.30pm. Salema was spotted with a family and identified by the photo. “The family hired a private car to go to Suktabari, 12km away. A police vehicle intercepted the car and arrested the group.

“They were produced before the chief judicial magistrate today. The Rajasthan police have applied for transit remand,” the SP said.

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