Torn and distorted old high value currency notes were found from a roadside drain at Titagarh, North 24 Parganas on Monday. The police recovered a small packet from the drain, in which old and invalid Rs 500 notes were kept.
The incident was akin to another in which police recovered two sacks filled with torn up notes of Rs 500 and Rs1,000 in Golf Green area.
In Titagarh though, all the dumped notes were of Rs 500. “We have counted it. They were 22 in number. All those notes were torn up,” said a police officer.
Several children playing near the drain discovered the packet filled with
notes and informed their parents.
“Our children were playing here and suddenly they found the packet filled with torn notes. We immediately informed the police. The notes are not just hand torn but have been torn by sharp objects like scissors,” said an eyewitness.
Police have recovered all the notes and sent for examination. Meanwhile, they are trying to find out the genuineness of the notes.
They are also trying to examine the CCTV footages of the area to find out who dumped the two
sacks. However, eyewitnesses claim that the recovered notes are original.
After the centre’s decision to launch the demonetisation drive, recovering torn notes has become a regular deal. Police recovered old high value currency notes in Nadia, Murshidabad, Malda and Siliguri earlier. Few people who were trying to transport those notes to another destination were arrested.
“We’ll discuss with the RBI Kolkata office about the incident and ask them what to do with those distorted notes,” said a police officer.