Rs 10cr fake paper haul
Patna: Police on Wednesday seized fake non-judicial stamp paper of face value of around Rs 10 crore during a vehicle checking drive in the Rajendra Nagar area, but the person carrying the papers managed to escape.
The cops were checking vehicles in many areas on the directions of Patna senior superintendent of police (SSP) Manu Maharaaj. Traffic police sub-inspector Nagendra Rai and constable Ajit Kumar, who were deployed near Rajendra Nagar bridge, spotted a man carrying a heavy bag trying to catch an auto-rickshaw.
The cops suspected he had liquor in the bag, and rushed to check. When he saw the policemen, the man ran away leaving the bag in the auto.
Rai informed traffic police sergeant major Anil Kumar, who got the bag opened to discover the non-judicial stamp papers packed inside it.
"Preliminary investigation has showed that the non-judicial stamps were fake," said Kankarbagh police station officer (SHO) Ravi Bhushan, adding that the papers were of Rs 500 value each.
Patna SSP Maharaaj said: "It appears there is a big gang behind the racket. Though the man managed to escape, we will prepare a sketch of the person based on CCTV footage."
"On earlier occasions police have busted such gangs involved in sale and purchase of fake revenue stamp papers," he added.
Police sources said some local gangs print the fake papers at printing presses whose owners are in cahoots with court staff.
In 2013, in the biggest such seizure in the state, the Patna police had recovered fake revenue stamps of face value of Rs 100 crore in a raid and had arrested more than 24 persons.