MeraNews Network, Gandhinagar: The Gandhinagar Crime Branch and Special Operations Group (SOG) sleuths on Friday seized scrapped currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 denomination of face value of Rs 64,49,500 from car near Pethapur cross roads. The car that was heading towards Gandhinagar from Mahudi had four persons in it, who had escaped abandoning the car when they saw the cops at the checkpoint.
The Gandhinagar Crime Branch and SOG have set up patrolling teams near Pethapur cross roads to nab a certain accused from December 20. They were checking cars heading to Gandhinagar when they spotted a white coloured Chevrolet car with an Ahmedabad registration plate moving suspiciously. When they signalled the car to stop, it didn’t and instead stopped a little ahead of them. Four persons came out of the car and ran away abandoning the car.
Upon inspecting the vehicle, the cops found a brown cardboard box filled with demonetised Indian currency notes. There were 3158 notes of Rs 1000 worth Rs 31,58,000 and 6583 notes of Rs 500 worth Rs 32,91,500. The SOG has been tasked to trace the origin of the money and those who were carrying it.
On November 8, 2016, the government of India and demonetised the currency notes of two highest denomination, i.e. Rs 500 and Rs 1000. But even after 2 years, police frequently seize old notes in large quantities being transported to be allegedly exchanged into new currency illegally.