Chennai : A man hailing from Maharashtra has been detained in Tamil Nadu for allegedly carrying Rs 40 lakh of unaccounted cash by a train. The Railway Police had caught the 34-year-old Prathap Krishna Patel at the Coimbatore Junction Railway Station early on Saturday when he was found roaming around in a suspicious manner with a huge bag in hand.
“Patel and his parents are native of Maharashtra but he had settled in Alleppey in Kerala some years ago,” a Railway Police source said. When the police accosted him and asked him to open the bag they were surprised to find currency bundles for which he could not explain the source. “We detained him and counted the currency and found he was carrying Rs 40 lakh in total. Patel told us that he was into gold trade and had received the money through a transaction. But he could not offer us any documentary proof of the same,” the officer said.
Following this the police seized the cash and said the money would be released only when the suspect produces evidence that it was legal money. “Kerala is a hot hawala destination. Therefore we are not sure if Patel was acting as a courier to deliver the money to some big hawala operators,” the officer added.