A youth from Salt Lake was arrested for allegedly threatening officials of the West Bengal State
Electricity Distribution Company Limited (WBSEDCL) with a toy gun to accept electricity bill payment with demonetised notes after the office was closed.
The youth Kuldip Saha, a lawyer, was arrested late Thursday night based on a complaint lodged with Bidhannagar East police station by the concerned employee. The incident took place on Thursday evening.
Police said Saha had gone to deposit the bill on Thursday and was carrying demonetised notes.
However, he could not pay the bill on time as the counters had closed at 4 pm.
He approached the employees when he saw them closing the counters and insisted them to accept his bill payment. But the employees explained him that it was not possible for them to accept payments after 4 pm.
In reply, Saha brandished a gun — later revealed to be a toy — at the employees.
He threatened them saying that there should be no problems when he again comes to pay the bill
Friday morning and then went away.
One of the employees later lodged a complaint with Bidhannagar East police station. Police went through the footages of surveillance cameras and identified the accused. He was arrested from his house Thursday night.
In another incident, a plastic bag containing torn Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes was found from Donga Bathan village at Arambagh in Hooghly Friday morning. Hundreds of people had gathered in the area as police reached the spot and seized the bag.
A passerby had spotted the bag while he was going to catch fish in a pond. He found the bag under a culvert in the area.
In another major development, after the Centre allowed withdrawal of Rs 2.5 lakh from bank accounts, specifically for wedding expenses, police started getting reports from Siliguri that some people were printing fake marriage invitation cards.
Some people are printing fake wedding cards so that they can be allowed to withdraw large sums of money from banks, provided they show the wedding card and their PAN card.