Recently, it was reported that a chartered flight was intercepted in Dimapur containing Rs 3.5 crore worth old 500 and 1000 rupee notes. However, further investigation has revealed that at least four private jets stuffed with cash flew to Dimapur in Nagaland days after the Narendra Modi government demonetised high value notes. The flights originated from Hissar, an industrial town in Haryana. Details of the investigation accessed point to a daring operation to salvage an illegal stash, perhaps even exploiting the tax exemption status enjoyed by Naga tribes. Investigations are pointing to a Haryana businessman with links to a prominent politician as the likely beneficiary of the move.
Curiously, after the cash consignment on 22 November was detected, Dimapur-based businessman Anato Zhimomi–son of former Member of Parliament Hezukhu Khekiho Zhimomi and son-in-law of former Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio–claimed the money.
According to top officials investigating the flight of currency, the first consignment of cash landed on November 12. Subsequently similar cash consignments were airlifted on November 13 and 14. In the first three airlifts, five huge bags, each carrying about Rs3 crore in Rs500 and Rs1,000 notes were shipped, investigations have revealed.
The last cash-lift that was detected happened on November 22. All the four consignments of cash were airlifted to Dimapur by a Haryana based businessmen. ‘About Rs 3.5 crore was airlifted in the last shipment,’ a top official associated with the investigation said. In all, about Rs 18 crore were transferred from Hissar to Dimapur in the four planes.