Rs 2 crore seized by CRPF from Bihar, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh since demonetisation: DG

 The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has seized Rs two crore in cash from Bihar, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh in the wake of Prime Minister Narendra Modi announcing demonetisation of Rs 500 and 1000 currency notes.

PTI| Last Updated: Nov 16, 2016, 22:14 PM IST

Salbboni: The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has seized Rs two crore in cash from Bihar, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh in the wake of Prime Minister Narendra Modi announcing demonetisation of Rs 500 and 1000 currency notes.

The money seized by CRPF personnel from Bihar, Jharkhand,Chhattisgarh were mainly hoarded by Maoists operating in the region. They were traced while trying to transfer or deposit them to others' bank accounts," CRPF Director General K Durga Prasad said while inaugurating an administrative building of the Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (COBRA) unit.

"Rs 1.10 crore was seized from Jharkhand, Rs 80 lakh from Bihar and Rs 10 lakh from Chhattisgarh since the demonetisation process started. We are making full use of the Centre's move in flushing out the cash hoarded by Maoists," the CRPF DG said.

He said that the Maoists are active in the border areas of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal and Bihar and the COBRA unit of the force would continue to operate in combating the red ultras.

A special squad of women COBRA troops was also initiated by the CRPF DG here and he said they would be stationed at Lalgarh, Jhargram and Siliguri in West Bengal.

India has become one of the few countries to deploy women personnel at combat situations in the most violent areas, including forests for operations against Maoists.