Police on Friday released the five persons detained on Thursday for carrying Rs 1.17 crore.
The detained persons — employees of a security agency — were carrying the seized cash meant for automated teller machines (ATMs) of State Bank of India (SBI) flouting rules of the Election Commission. The cops have informed the SBI officials about the seizure of the cash. The money would be given to the bank soon.
The detained persons, including a driver and four security personnel of the agency, should have sought permission from the police besides informing the SBI and the firm for which they work for carrying such a huge amount of cash. Under Election Commission guidelines, any person carrying more than Rs 50,000 is supposed to inform the police.
US firm NCR has the tender of filling up cash in the ATMs. But the company has outsourced the work to various security agencies, including the one for which the detained persons work.
Rupaspur station house officer Mritunjay Kumar said: “After interrogation of the detained persons, we have learnt that they had withdrawn the money from the SBI main branch (Gandhi Maidan) and were going to replenish different ATMs.”
He added: “Owing to negligence of security personnel, we have decided to register cases against the five arrested persons. Cases under the Private Security Agencies (Regulation) Act, 2005, Motor Vehicles Act and Arms Act would be lodged against them.”
If any security agency is employed in carrying cash, it should use its own iron wire-fitted vehicle. There were also less than adequate security guards in the vehicle when such a huge amount was being transferred. The rule says at least five guards should be present if a vehicle carries cash of more than Rs 5 lakh.
“In majority of times, especially in cases of loot, we have found that security agencies do not follow norms,” said a police officer.
According to the police, the security van developed some technical snag and the security agency personnel decided to use a sports utility vehicle belonging to the uncle of one of the employees of the agency. On Thursday morning, the five persons withdrew Rs 2.08 crore from the SBI main branch. After depositing Rs 91 lakh at different ATMs on Exhibition Road and Saguna Mor, they were headed towards Goria Math (Yarpur). They were intercepted by the police midway.
Based on intelligence inputs that some armed persons travelling in a white vehicle (BR 24P 4225) were carrying a huge amount of cash, the men in uniform intercepted the SUV with a tin box kept in its boot. The five detained persons hail from Patrakar Nagar, Rohtas, Gazipur in Uttar Pradesh, Bhojpur and Dumka (Jharkhand).
The security guard of the agency was not in the company uniform. Also, the double-barrel gun he was carrying had a licence of Ahmedabad but was not verified in Patna.