The Ludhiana police on Saturday recovered Rs 45 lakh of unaccounted cash from an employee of a jewellery shop in Ghumar Mandi area near Khalsa College for Women on Rani Jhansi Road. The cash was in banned notes of 500 and 1,000. According to police, the employee claimed that he was going to bank to deposit the money but wasn’t able to produce any proof. The traffic police had installed a naaka (checkpoint) in the area and stopped Yogesh Chopra, riding a scooter as he was not wearing helmet.
On checking, the police recovered two bags filled with cash. The income tax department was informed and cash was handed over to them. The man was identified as an employee of Tripti Jewellers at Sarafa Bazaar of Ludhiana, an old market known for its jewellery shops in Ludhiana.
ASI Ashwani Kumar, incharge traffic zone-3, said that traffic police had put up a checkpoint outside college to issue challans to traffic violators.
Meanwhile, this man was asked to stop for checking as he was not wearing helmet. The man tried to flee from the spot but the police managed to nab him.
“He also tried to bribe us but we asked him to produce documents. He wasn’t able to,” said ASI.
Meanwhile, Surendra Lamba, ACP (west) Ludhiana said that the man was let go and cash was handed over to income tax department. “The income tax department would now be questioning the owners about the cash. The man claimed he was going to bank but wasn’t able to show any documents,” he said.