The Delhi police went into a tizzy on Saturday after receiving an alert about three alleged terrorists planning serial blasts, who were to sneak into Delhi from UP in vehicles full of explosives.
Special teams were deployed on borders for checks,a bomb disposal squad was kept on standby and all vehicles were stopped for a thorough check.
Though the information was declared a hoax, the police during the checks stumbled upon R 1.25 crore that was being transported in three different cars from UP to Delhi.
“A picket near Machli farm in Seelampur was set up after the police received information about terrorists trying to sneak into Delhi through UP. Each vehicle was stopped and checked. In the last 12 hours, we recovered R 1,25,30,000 in new currency from three cars,” joint commissioner of police, eastern range, Ravindra Yadav said.
“First a Hyundai Creta car carrying nearly R 50 lakh was intercepted and two persons, Jasmeet Singh and Gurmeg, were detained. Our staff stopped another vehicle and found nearly R 25 lakh and the driver, Pankaj, was detained. The third car stopped a few hours later was carrying R 50 lakh and one Arun was detained,” he said.
All notes were new currency notes in the denomination of Rs 500 , 2000 and 100, he added.
Because the model code of conduct is in enforce in Delhi for the MCD elections, police have informed the income tax department, the SDM and the district magistrate about the seizure. Though the police suspect the money may be for the elections, the source is still unknown.
“Our staff intercepted the money and detained the persons carrying the currency for questioning since the model code of conduct is in place. We have informed the returning officer of the area and the I-T department. The I-T department has seized the money along with three signed chequebooks and one mobile phone,” Yadav said.