| Police with the seizure in Motihari on Wednesday. Picture by Ajit Kumar Sinha |
Motihari, April 9: Motihari police on Wednesday seized Rs 46 lakh in cash from a kerosene dealer during a raid at his Amlapatti residence in Dharmsamaj locality of the town.
The police were tipped off that the cash was to be used for election purpose and was kept in a briefcase. Probationer IPS officer and assistant superintendent of police Kumar Aashish led the operation that continued for about two hours.
Dealer Shambhu Prasad’s son Rohit Kumar tried to escape with the money and was nabbed after a hot chase, the police said. The seized amount was in the form of 45 bundles of Rs 1,000 denomination and two bundles of Rs 500 denomination, ASP Aashish said. The Election Commission has been informed. The seized amount would be deposited with the government treasury by order of the East Champaran district magistrate.
The dealer and his son were taken into custody in the presence of Sadar sub-divisional magistrate Gyanendra Kumar.
Police had information the money was being sent somewhere to oblige an unknown person during the elections, the probationer ASP said. Sources in Shambhu’s family, however, said Rs 25 lakh of the seized money was withdrawn a fortnight ago from his cash credit account with the Basatpur branch of Central Bank of India while the rest came from sales at his tile-manufacturing unit near Motihari.
While the accused were sent to the town police station, income tax officials arrived at their house to investigate.