A Flying Squad of Election Officers, in an exemplary action, intercepted a car at Jagnade Square in the city and recovered Rs 70 lakh in cash. However, the Election Officers and police were tight lipped and maintained a veil of secrecy over the owner of the staggering amount.
Nagpur: The development sent tremors across political parties and also triggered a topic for hot discussion among citizens. A Flying Squad of Election Officers, in an exemplary action, intercepted a car at Jagnade Square in the city and recovered Rs 70 lakh in cash. The recovery was made at about 2 pm on Thursday (October 9). However, the Election Officers and police were tight lipped and maintained a veil of secrecy over the owner of the staggering amount. This led to a flurry of guessing game and hot debate in view of October 15 Assembly election and the age-old practice of distributing money to buy votes.
According to reports and sources, the Flying Squad of Election Officer received a secret tip off that a big amount of cash is being transported in a Maruti Swift car. Subsequently, the Flying Squad laid a trap at Jagnade Square and stopped the car (MH-31/CR 908). The driver was detained and questioned. But no satisfactory answers were forthcoming leading to suspicion and a thorough frisking of the car. During the frisking, the Flying Squad of Election Officers found cash of Rs 70 lakh in a cloth bag stacked in dicky of the car. The Squad immediately informed DCP Nirmala Devi and handed over the cash to police. The Election Observer Vani visited Kotwali Police Station and enquired about the driver and cash of Rs 70 lakh. The car driver has divulged his name as Dilip Nathuji Kodane (45), resident of Kharbi but refused to talk on details of the cash. An offence under Sections 171(B), 123 of the IPC has been registered and Kotwali Police Inspector Arun Jagtap is probing the matter further.