SAMBALPUR: The Sambalpur District Police has brought on remand eight persons from whom Rs 1.43 crore, including new currency notes worth Rs 85,62,000 lakh, were seized recently. Although the case has been handed over to the Enforcement Directorate, police are helping out in investigation of the case.
The eight persons who were arrested included Relationship Manager of main branch of State Bank of India, Sambalpur Rashmiranjan Rout, his brother Pankaj Kumar Rout, liquor baron Zeyarat Ali and his three sons Md Qazzafi, Riffat Ali, Sabatin Ali besides Kapil Jhajharia and Rabi Trivedi.
SP Akhilesvar Singh said the accused have been brought on four-day remand for interrogation. Police are suspecting involvement of more persons, particularly bank officials, in the case.
They have requested the Chief Manager of SBI, main branch, Sambalpur, Aswini Kumar Das to move Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to obtain details of issue of the seized new currency notes based on the serial number printed on the notes to track down the originating bank.