Tapi district police seized Rs 40 lakh cash, in demonetised Rs 500, Rs 1,000 notes, reportedly belonging to a top government officer posted in Gandhinagar. Police have sought the help of income tax department here for further probe.
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Acting on an alert message from Ahmedabad City police control room, the Tapi district police intercepted a car bearing registration number GJ-26 A-5872 on National Highway no. 56, near Paniyari village, a few km away from Vyara town in Tapi district, on the Maharashtra border, late Friday night. On checking the car, they found Rs 40 lakh cash — 4,400 notes of Rs 500 and 1,800 notes of Rs 1,000 — stacked in a black colour bag, Tapi police inspector Javed Sheikh said.
When questioned, Yogesh Patel, the car driver-cum-owner and his wife Surekha, both residents of Vyara town, failed to give any satisfactory answer. Later, the police seized the cash and took the couple to Vyara police station for further questioning and also alerted their superior officers. Police said that Patel runs Gurukrupa Sewa Trust, an NGO working for the welfare of tribals in Tapi district. Tapi District Deputy Superintendent of Police Bhagirath Gadhvi said, “Yogesh had been to Gandhinagar for a work related to the NGO and he had brought the cash of a top state government officer in Gandhinagar. Yogesh is very clever and tries to mislead police. We are trying to unearth the name of the government officer and further probe is under way. “