BHUBANESWAR: In an interesting incident, a youth who had run away with his uncle’s cash amounting to `6.35 lakh to spend it lavishly on himself and his friends, was intercepted by Commissionerate Police which was conducting a night-long blockade on Wednesday.
The youth, Anupam Nayak, was given the cash by his Balangir-based uncle Sushant Nayak to make payments to cement suppliers. However, lured by the large volume of cash, Anupam decided to splurge some of the money on himself and his friend which proved his undoing.
Police Commissioner Dr RP Sharma and senior police officials of Zone I of the Capital City police were also present when the youths were intercepted at about 2 am.
Anupam, who had come to Sonepur from Balangir, hired a taxi and headed to Bhubaneswar with his friend Raj Ballav. They reached the Capital in the night when their vehicle was intercepted by Kharavela Nagar Police during night patrolling near Sriya Cinema Complex.
When their car was scanned, police found the cash. Anupam, initially, could not explain what he was doing with so much money during late night hours in the City. The cops detained him to verify his version and contacted his uncle who is a civil contractor by profession.
Investigation revealed that Sushant had given the cash to his nephew for two purposes. While Anupam was asked to deposit `1 lakh in Punjab National Bank, the rest was to be paid to cement suppliers towards dues. However, with such huge cash in possession, Anupam got carried away and got his friend to take a trip to Bhubaneswar.
The cops also sought bank statements from Sushant to verify his claims and only after being satisfied with the document did they let off Anupam with a warning.
In another case, around 50 kgs of ganja were seized from a car which was intercepted on National Highway 5 near Tomando late Wednesday night. The driver of the car and three others have been detained by Tomando Police in this connection. Police investigation is underway to ascertain the source of the contraband.