Kanpur Police arrests 16 with Rs 96 cr in demonetised notes

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In a raid at a building in Uttar Pradesh's Kanpur, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has recovered currency worth Rs 100 crore (and counting) - all in demonetised Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, making it the largest-ever haul of demonetised notes in the country.

A UP police official said that a builder from Sisamau took the team to the site where the currency was held. They were arrested along with the builder.

"We got the information that huge amount of demonetised currency was being stored in an under construction house in the Swarup Nagar locality of Kanpur.Since there was no terror angle involved, the information was shared with the UP police and a joint raid was conducted", said a senior NIA official who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The house where the raid was conducted is reportedly owned by Ashok Khatri, who runs a money exchange business. The recovered cash was in Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes that the Centre had demonetised on November 8, 2016. Others arrested were Santosh Pathak and of Varanasi, Ramashray, Sanjay Rai and Dhirendra from Mirzapur, Sant of Baghpat, Omkar Yadav of Lucknow and Anil Yadav of Saharanpur.

Initially the arrested persons tried to mislead police, but later during sustain grilling they broke down and confessed to their crime, the police said.

Seven people were intercepted by an NIA team in the capital's Connaught Place area when they were carrying 28 cartons filled with demonetised Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes in four vehicles - BMW X3, Hyundai Creta SX, Ford EcoSport and BMW X1, an NIA spokesperson said.

Sixteen people have been so far arrested, said Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Anand Kumar. The counting of currency notes is underway and questioning is on.

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