Rs 3.5 crore old currency notes seized at Nagaland airport vanishes in jiffy
Rs 3.5 crore in old notes flown into Nagaland went missing within two hours of being seized.
Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: A Bihar-based businessman, travelling alone in a chartered jet, was apprehended on Tuesday at the airport here for allegedly carrying Rs. 3.5 crore in demonetised currency, however the seized currency went missing in just a matter of hours.
The flight from Hissar landed at Nagaland’s Dimapur airport at 10:07 am on Tuesday but two hours later at 12.15 pm the cash vanished, after the flight had taken off for Delhi.
Officials said sleuths of central security agencies and CISF questioned the man, identified as A Singh from Bihar's Munger district, soon after his jet landed here.
The case was later handed over to local Income Tax authorities.
"CISF sleuths acted on some prior inputs and intercepted the passenger as soon as he landed here. Initially, the amount detected was said to be Rs. 5.5 crore but later I-T authorities reported the final amount with him to be Rs. 3.5 crore. The taxman is investigating the source of the currency," officials said.
A special vigil has been deployed by security agencies and the airport guarding Central Industrial Security Force in the wake of the demonetisation of the two large currency notes of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 by the government.
As per media reports "someone big" in Delhi had allegedly sent the cash for a Naga businessman.
There has been heavy rush and long queues in banks and ATMs ever since Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on November 8 that Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes would no longer be legal tender.