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Cops seize Rs 1.17cr in special road raid

Patna, April 10: Police seized Rs 1.17 crore unaccounted cash from an SUV and detained five persons during a special checking drive at Saguna Mor this afternoon.

Investigation is underway to find if the cash was in any way connected to the general election which began in the state today, a senior police officer said.

Based on intelligence inputs that some armed persons travelling in a white vehicle (registration number BR 24P 4225) were carrying a huge cache 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 Telegraph is withholding the names of those detained as they are yet to be found guilty of any wrongdoing.

During questioning at Rupaspur police station, the driver of the vehicle, who is from Dumka, said the money kept in the tin box belongs to a security agency owned by a Rajya Sabha member. He also said they were taking the money after withdrawing it from the State Bank of India main branch in Gandhi Maidan, around 12km from Saguna Mor, to fill cash in different ATMs in the city.

Patna superintendent of police (city) Jayant Kant said: “Interrogation is still going on, as norms were not followed by the security agency persons while carrying cash.”

The vehicle does not have the rear number plate and there was no permission from the police station for carrying huge cash in a private vehicle. One of the detained persons, who said he was a security guard of the agency, was not in company uniform either. Also, the double barrel gun, which he was carrying, is licensed in Ahmedabad but the gun was not verified in Patna.

Rupaspur police station house officer Mrityunjay Kumar said: “According to Election Commission guidelines, possessing a gun which has not been verified by March 2014 is illegal. Also, the norm of adequate security guards was also violated.” The rule says at least five guards should be present if a vehicle carries cash of more than Rs 5 lakh.

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