PUNE City Police have seized cash worth Rs 67 lakh — over Rs 62 lakh of that in new Rs 2,000 notes — from a car in Thergaon area in the early hours of Wednesday. The remaining amount, said officials, was in Rs 100 notes. Two beat marshals from Wakad police station, who were on regular night patrol, spotted the car near Prasandham Society in Thergaon, said a senior police officer. He added that the car had a Mumbai number plate and the emblem of the employment cell of the Republican Party of India.
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After a closer inspection, policemen started questioning the five occupants of the car. “Their replies were evasive so the car was searched. Bundles of new currency notes, as well as of Rs 100 notes, were seized. A total amount of Rs 67 lakh was recovered, of which Rs 62.2 lakh were in new Rs 2,000 notes….” said the officer.
Four of the five persons in the car have been identified as Chetan Rajput, Amit Doshi, Sainath Netke and Praveen Jain. The identity of the fifth person could not be ascertained. Doshi has claimed that he is an RPI leader from Mumbai, said police
Officials of the Income Tax department were questioning the five suspects, said Inspector (Crime) Amrut Marathe of Wakad police station.
“… We have handed over the cash to the Income Tax department and those who were in the car are being questioned… We have apprised the IT department about our primary inquiry… they will check the source of the cash,” said another officer.
He added, “We suspect that these people came from Mumbai to Pune and got the scrapped currency notes exchanged with new ones… we suspect they used the emblem of RPI to avoid being searched. We will verify whether the car registration number and emblem are genuine.”