December 9, 2016 9:12:48 pm
A tile trader and a car driver were detained with Rs 25 lakh — 1,073 notes were in Rs 2000 denomination — by Ranavav Police in Porbandar on Thursday night. Acting on a tip off, Ranavav Police chased a Tavera car and managed to intercept it near Mokar village in Ranavav taluka of Porbandar district at 10 pm. Upon inspection, they found Rs 25 lakh worth of currency notes, mostly in Rs 2000 notes and the rest were in smaller denominations. A bank cashier managed to flee from the scene, but the police managed to detain the two, who were later identified as Virendra Dharani and Mayur Makadiya. The cashier, Rock Patel, is an employee at the Jamjodhpur branch of Jamnagar District Cooperative Bank.
After they couldn’t account for the cash, police detained Dharani, a resident of Jamjodhpur in nearby Jamnagar district and Makadiya, a trader of ceramic tiles in Porbandar.
“Dharani and Makadiya claims that the cash belonged to Patel. They are claiming that they were merely accompanying Patel to Mokar village where he was to deliver the cash to Bipin Chandarana and Chetan Chandarana alias Jalaram near Mokar village. However, they are confessing that they were to get commission on safe delivery of cash,” Ranavav police sub-inspector Ravirajsinh Rana told The Indian Express on Friday.
Police said that Bipin, who runs a small novelty store in Rajeevnagar area of Porbandar and Chetan, who runs a provision store in Adiyana, disappeared from the spot where they had agreed to meet Patel as they became aware of police presence.
On Friday, the duo were called in for questioning. “Both Bipin and Chetan are claiming that in turn, they were to give the cash to some third party for a commission. We have alerted officers of Income Tax department for further inquire into the matter,” Rana further said. After 24 hours, Dharani and Makadiya were released from detention while Bipin and Chetan were also allowed to go home after questioning, police said. In the past few weeks, police seized new currency notes of Rs 2000 denomination in Rajkot and Jamnagar districts.
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