Shopian Police recovers money ‘meant to influence voters’

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Sheikh Hilal

Srinagar

Shopian police led by SHO Javid Ahmad recovered a sum of Rs 14 lakh from a tavera vehicle “meant for influencing voters in the poll-bound town”.

“We were on routine checking,” says SHO Javid, “when we found a bag full of currency notes inside one tavera.” The total sum recovered, he says, is Rs 14 lakh.

Bearing registration number JK01G 6922, the vehicle along with three persons on board are under police custody presently.

“One can’t carry more than fifty thousand rupees with him,” claims the SHO, “as it is against election rules; besides, very much doubtful.”

The three persons arrested have been identified as one Sheikh Masarat of Poshnoo Awantipora, Bilal Dar of Panzgaam Pulwama and Zahoor Fafooof Mehjoor Nagar Srinagar. “The trio say they work for a private security agency,” SHO Javid informs, “and the cash is meant for state bank ATMs, which is doubtful.”

SP Shopian Waheed Ahmad when contacted by Kashmir Life says: “The trio doesn’t carry any relevant document or identity with them which could justify their statement”.

Meanwhile the arrest has put police and public on the same page. The speculations in the poll-bound town are rife that the manner in which money was recovered could have been meant for “influencing” the voters.

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