Malda/Kolkata: The police in Malda have seized unaccounted for cash worth over Rs 90-lakh from a lorry.
The seizure has been made at Jadupur locality on National Highway 34 under English Bazar police station jurisdiction.
Police said that acting on a tip-off they started a road check at Jadupur late yesterday 2 July night.
During this, they stopped a lorry and found Rs 90,07,500 hidden below the driver’s seat.
The money was in notes of Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 denominations. On being questioned, driver Omar Farooq (25) could not reveal the source of the huge money.
Also, seeing police, the conductor of the lorry Raju Sheikh fled from the spot.
Police subsequently seized the money and arrested Farooq, who happens to be a resident of Shabazpur at Malda’s fake note and smuggling hub Kaliachak.
On being produced in the Malda district court today, the driver has been remanded in police custody.
The cops say that they were trying to find out from where the driver picked up such a huge sum of money and what was it meant for.
Meanwhile, in Kolkata, the police have arrested three youths with fake Indian currency notes having a face value of Rs 6.50-lakh all in Rs 2,000 notes.
The trio ~ Nasirudding Momin, Sahid Sheikh, and Suman Sarkar ~ were nabbed from near the St James Church at Moulali near Sealdah yesterday 2 July noon. The first two are residents of Malda; the third one hails from North Dinajpur.