Two scooter-borne persons were detained from Kothariya village by city police after they could not account for Rs6 lakh worth of Rs 2000 denomination bank notes in the wee hours of Friday. Acting on a tip off, Aji Dam police kept a watch on Rolex Road in Kothariya and stopped two men riding a scooter near Divyatej School at 1:30 am. Police found 300 currency notes of Rs2000 denomination. When they could not account for the cash they were carrying, they were detained by the police.
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The duo were identified as Pratik Katariya (28), a resident of Jayraj Plot and Hiren Chau (19) a resident of Plaza Apartment on Sadhu Vasvani Road in the city. Later in the day, Hirabhai Kuvadiya, in-charge police inspector of Aji Dam police said that the duo were out to deliver the cash to a third person.
“Prima facie, it seems that the detained duo are carriers. They are claiming that they had been given the cash by one Sanjay Zala alias Montu and that they were supposed to deliver it to one Rajubhai Patel in Kothariya area. We are trying to contact the sender and the person who was to receive the cash,” Kuvadiya further said.
This is second incident of cash seizure in the city after Central government declared Rs 500 and Rs 1000 denomination old currency notes as illegal tender on November 8. A transporter of Gondal was held by University police after he was caught carrying Rs1.15 crore worth of demonitised currency notes in his car near Raiya village in the city on Sunday.
The transporter had told police that he had come to the city to get the old notes exchanged at a commission. Earlier this month, Rs 3 crore worth of old currency notes were seized from a truck when it was passing by Virpur village on National Highway 27. Income Tax officials are inquiring into these two cases.
Aji Dam police have seized the Rs6 lakh cash found from the duo and their scooter under Section 41 (1) (d) of the Code of Criminal Procedure and detained them after registering a non-cognisable offence against them.