A bagful of black money was found in Shillong when unknown person(s) placed a bag full of cash amounting to Rs 62 lakh in front of the donation box of Ramakrishna Mission office on Wednesday.
The bag was detected by Ramakrishna Mission functionaries who immediately informed the law enforcement authorities.
Superintendent of Police, East Khasi Hills, MH Kharkrang confirmed the recovery of the money, stating that the investigation wing of the Directorate of Income Tax is looking into the matter.
‘It is true that we have the recovered the money, but we have not verified the authenticity of the Rs 500-1000 notes,’ stated a source in the IT department.
The sources also said that around Rs 70 crore cash headed for Meghalaya and other Northeast States have been intercepted in Guwahati. Refusing to divulge details, they said more such dumping of spiked cash is expected in the State.
What the Income Tax Officials Had To Say
‘The holders of black money may use their relatives, maid servants and tax exempted tribals to evade taxes, but the truth will come out’, stated an IT official even as he emphatically said that black money stashed in household cupboards will emerge within a month. ‘We are overseeing the entire monetary movement at the moment’, the IT senior official stated, even as he reiterated that forthcoming days will uncover the entire black money in the State. The bigger players will have to come into play in the coming days, which will open the doors to detect black money or counterfeit notes.
Counterfeit Indian currencies have also been floating in the State. The BSF alone seized counterfeit notes with face value of around Rs 1,20,000 in the past one year from the Meghalaya stretch of Indo-Bangladesh border.
Source: The Sentinel, Assam