Police have recovered new high value currency notes worth around Rs 2.5 lakh from five persons one of whom had claimed himself as a Criminal Bureau of Investigation (CBI) triggering confusion among the investigating officers.
Acting on a tip-off, the police raided a shopping mall at the Matigara area of Siliguri on Wednesday night and arrested the five accused after recovering the amount from their possession.
Police said that 127 new Rs 2,000 currency notes was recovered from the accused, identified as Shyamal Sarkar, Moloy Roy, Ankit Singhal, Sajal Ranjan Dey and Sudarshan Sen.
Moloy Roy who is a resident of North 24 Parganas told the police that he is a CBI official. He also produced an identity card in support of his claim. This aroused confusion among the police over the identity of the accused. Sudarshan is a resident of Durgapur while the rest are from Siliguri, police said. According to the preliminary investigation, police suspect that what Roy has claimed might be false. The police have started an investigation to examine the identity card which was recovered from his possession.
The accused have failed to provide any satisfactory answer as to where they got the money from. Police have already informed the matter to the Income Tax Department.
Following this some income tax officials reached the police station and interrogated the accused in this connection.
During the interrogation, the accused failed to tell them about the source of the huge amount of money.
Police are also trying to contact CBI officials to ascertain the identity of Roy.
All the accused were remanded in 14 days police custody after being produced before the Siliguri Sub-divisional Court.
Police said that at around 11 pm on Wednesday, a team carried out a raid at the City Centre area of
Siliguri and arrested the persons who might be a part of an international smuggling racket.
A detailed probe has been initiated in this connection.