West Bengal: Four BJP Workers Arrested for Transporting Over Rs 24 Lakh Unaccounted Cash
Police claim the money was being smuggled to pay off BJP booth agents.
The West Bengal Police on Friday, May 17 seized Rs 24 lakh from a car and arrested four Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers in Baruipur, South 24 Parganas district.
As per an Anandabazar Patrika report, BJP’s Baruipur East Vidhan Sabha Mandal’s General Secretary Mintu Haldar, clad in a saffron shirt, was seated in front of the car. Two women — Saraswati Haldar and Namita Sardar — were sitting at the back along with another BJP member Koushik Mondal. All four were arrested by the police around 12.30 am. The newspaper reported that Baruipur police officers said the money was being smuggled to pay off BJP booth agents in Kultali village.
As per reports, after the car was stopped, the Baruipur Women Police Station’s in-charge found that Haldar and Sardar were wearing bundles of notes as belts. The money was wrapped in a saffron cloth with the lotus symbol. Six bundles of Rs 2,000 notes were recovered from the two women.
Further, police told media persons that a cheque worth Rs 10 lakh signed by BJP Jaynagar candidate Ashok Kandari was also recovered.
South 24 Parganas BJP leader Sunit Das told Anandabazar Patrika, “Mintubabu is an active member of the party. He is a prominent businessman. He transacts in cash. On that day his car had money related to his business. The police are conspiring to arrest our workers just days before the polls.”
South 24 Parganas Trinamool leader Subhasish Chakraborty refuted Das’s claim. He told Anandabazar Patrika, “The BJP leaders are sensing a conspiracy in everything. The police are investigating. Why was the BJP leader transacting 24 lakh for his business at night? Everything will be clear when those claims are looked into.”
The Election Commission has sought a factual report on the incident, said Additional Chief Electoral Officer Sanjoy Basu, as per an IANS report.
After being presented in Baruipur Court the four arrested have been sent to the police custody for 14 days.