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By Our Newsmen

Siliguri / Kolkata, 12 November: POLICE in Siliguri have netted a middle-aged man with Rs 90-lakh cash in the denominations of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 banned currency notes.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) in Kolkata, on the other hand, has confiscated Rs 36-lakh in similar currency notes by conducting raids in different parts of the city last night.

The catch in Siliguri came today evening when the cops from Naxalbari police station stopped a private car at Rathkhola about six km from the Nepal border. One Nirmal Agarwal was travelling in the car with a large suitcase and two duffle bags.

On searching the baggage, police found bundles of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes staked up in them. Agarwal, who hails from neighbouring Kishanganj district in Bihar, could not spell out the source of the huge money or why he was carrying the same.

Following this, he was taken to the Naxalbari police station along with the car, which is registered with the Siliguri regional transport office (RTO). On being informed by police, Income Tax officials have now reached the police station and are questioning the man.

On the other hand, the ED in Kolkata have seized Rs 36-lakh worth banned Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes by conducting multiple raids in the shops and houses of some traders in different parts of the city last night.

The raids were conducted simultaneously by 20-member ED teams at New Market, Mirza Ghalib Street, Marquis Street, Dalhousie, and Salt Lake. The traders had allegedly accepted the banned notes through hawala against a substantial commission.

ED has asked the traders to appear at its Salt Lake CGO Complex office on 15 November with papers, if any, as regards the source of the confiscated money.