A security check after a bomb scare on a train coming to the Ludhiana railway station on Tuesday led to seizure of Rs 16 lakh in old and new currency notes from two men on the platform.
Identified as Manish (30) and Karthik (23) of Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, the two were now being quizzed by income tax officials led by inspector Ramesh Chander Bansal, said government railway police (GRP) in-charge Inderjit Singh. They run a hosiery store at Bareilly and had come to Ludhiana to make payments for purchase of goods.
The alert and search on the platform in Ludhiana came about after a rumour that a bomb was aboard the Archana Express, which was searched at the Jalandhar Cantt railway station. The detained men’s two bags and a purse had 50 notes of Rs 1,000 denomination, and 3,097 notes of Rs 500 in old notes; besides 48 notes of Rs 100, one note of Rs 50, six notes of Rs 20, one note of Rs 10 and six notes of Rs 2,000, totaling Rs 16,15,480.