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Pune police arrests Sangamner councillor and four others with ₹3 crore demonetised currency

A FIR was lodged with the Khadak police station in this regard. Abhang belongs to the Congress party, investigators said.

pune Updated: Jul 21, 2018 17:08 IST
Nadeem Inamdar
Nadeem Inamdar
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Rajendra Mokashi, in-charge, Khadak police station said that demonetised currency notes of ₹1000 and ₹500 of the value of ₹3 crore were seized from the arrested suspects.(HT REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)

The Pune Police on Thursday arrested five people including, an elected member of Sangamner Municipal Council(SMC) Gajendra Abhang in Ahmednagar district and seized a tranche of demonetised currency notes estimated to be worth ₹3 crore from them. A FIR was lodged with the Khadak police station in this regard. Abhang belongs to the Congress party, investigators said.

Rajendra Mokashi, in-charge, Khadak police station said that demonetised currency notes of ₹1000 and ₹500 of the value of ₹3 crore were seized from the arrested suspects. The accused have been identified as elected member Gajendra Abhang ( 48 ) Vijay Shinde (38), Aditya Ghavan (25), Navnath Bhandagale (28) who are all residents of Pune and Suraj Jagtap (40), a resident of Satara district.

According to Khadak police , all the five were apprehended near Bandiwan mandir in Ravivar peth where they had come to exchange the demonetised currency worth ₹3 crore which they were carrying in four bags.

“ The old currency notes were kept in travel and cloth bags. Upon questioning them, the suspects did not offer satisfactory responses after which we decided to probe further and we found that they had come to exchange the notes with some people in the city. We are trying to find out those persons who were in touch with the accused regarding the note exchange,” Mokashi added. The currency notes have been taken into police possession on completion of panchnama and the accused have been booked under ‘ The Specified Bank Notes ( Cessation of Liabilities ) Act section 4,5,6 and 7,” Mokashi, senior police inspector, Khadak police station.

First Published: Jul 21, 2018 17:07 IST