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Bengal BJP man held with Rs 10L in new notes

December 07, 2016 06:05 AM

COURSTEYDec 07 2016 : The Times of India (Ahmedabad)
Bengal BJP man held with Rs 10L in new notes
Kolkata:
TIMES NEWS NETWORK


A BJP leader, who had contested this year's assembly poll in West Bengal, and a coal mafia don were arrested along with truck owners from the Raniganj coal belt with stacks of new currency in their possession on Tuesday . The Kolkata Police STF recovered Rs 33 lakh in cash, seven guns and 89 rounds of ammunition from their possession.
The BJP functionary , Manish Sharma alias Manish Joshi (44), had fought this year's Bengal assembly election from Raniganj. Around Rs 10 lakh was recovered from him. He was found travelling in the same car with four accused and was caught red-handed with the cash and weapons. The don, Rajesh Jha alias Raju (46), was arrested twice in June and July in two cases of fake currency and murder and was out on bail.

The I-T department has been alerted even as cops are trying to ascertain the source of the money kept in Rs 2,000 new notes, Rs 100 and Rs 50 notes.

Of the amount, Rs 2 lakh cash was in a series -a clear indication that the money was withdrawn from a bank branch after taking senior officers into confidence. STF is writing to the RBI to trace the cash source.

According to joint CP (STF and crime) Vishal Garg, the department was tipped off that gang members will come to Bidhan Sishu Udyan, near Salt Lake, early Tuesday morning.

“We stopped the vehicle and arrested five people travelling in it. Besides Raju and Manish, we arrested Raju's aide Lokesh Singh (35), who owns a truck business, Krishnamurari Koyal (44), a resident of a luxury complex on EM Bypass and a promoter and the driver of the car -Sayan Majumdar (29). Except Koyal, all the others are residents of Durgapur,“ Garg said. Based on their interrogation, two others -Partha Chatterjee (41) and his PSO Subham Bhowmick (28) -were arrested from the Yamunotri Apartment in Baguiati around 4am. STF said at least two of the three accused --Lokesh, Partha and Subham -have gun licences.While Partha and Subham have been issued licences from Burdwan and Dimapur in Nagaland (that expires on the last day of this year), the licence of Lokesh expires in 2018-end.

The probe now depends on Manish and Raju. The car the gang was riding belongs to Lokesh, while the house from where Partha and Subham were picked up belongs to Raju. Strangely , Manish has said his address is Kanishka Apartments in Pune.

BJP state president Dilip Ghosh said his party would not stand by him. “He has to prove his own innocence. The party cannot take care of him,“ he said. The joint CP said the money was being accumulated “for procurement of arms and ammunition to fulfil their goals of spreading riots, carrying extortions and carrying out murders.“

 

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