TURA, Dec 21: In the first of its kind case for the Garo Hills region since the beginning of demonetization, the G-team of the Border Security Force (BSF) in Tura took custody of two persons while they were allegedly transporting over Rs 29 lakhs in new currency notes from Assam to the border village of Gasuapara in South Garo Hills (SGH) district on Wednesday.
The two in custody are residents of Mankachar in South Salmara district in Assam and were apparently taking the money to a coal exporter. The total amount seized from the two stood at Rs 2973205. The seized money had a huge number of Rs 2000 denomination notes along with few Rs 500 and Rs 100 notes. The mobile phones of the two along with the motorcycle the two were travelling on have also been seized.
Gasuapara is the export hub of coal for the Garo Hills region with huge amounts of coal going to neighbouring Bangladesh through international trade on an annual basis.
Explaining the raid a BSF source stated that they acted on information of the movement of money from Assam to Gasuapara and as such a special operation by the G-team was begun. The team identified the duo who were on a motorcycle, and asked them to stop on the Hill Road near the village of Nokchi under Purakhasia from where they were caught with the money. The place falls under Dalu Police Station limits in West Garo Hills (WGH) district.
“When they were questioned, the duo revealed that the money was being sent by a cloth merchant from Mankachar in Assam to a coal exporting company in Gasuapara. The duo is currently being questioned on the source of the money and we are awaiting more information,” said the source.
The two have been identified as Nasib Miya and Bilal Hossain and were residents of Pubergram under Mankachar Police Station limits in Assam. They were later handed over to the Dalu police personnel for further questioning.
With there being limits to the amount of money that can be withdrawn, the current seizure points of links between big businessmen and unscrupulous bankers. The role of both is expected to be probed in the instant case.