Currency chaos hits police probes

Updated: Nov 17, 2016, 21:19 IST | Faisal Tandel |

Cops in other states investigating call centre scam had to return when no one was accepting old notes; probe likely to continue after crisis settles

It’s not just the common man, but government servants, too, who have been hit by the current currency crisis. Thane police officials, probing the multi-crore call centre scam, had to return from Gujarat half-way through the probe because nobody there was willing to accept the old notes. The cops were having a tough time with lodging and boarding and hence decided to return to base.

A senior official from Thane police said, “Our team had visited Ahmedabad two weeks ago as part of the investigation. But, when the currency withdrawal anno­uncement came, everybody there stop­ped accepting the old notes. It was badly impacting the investigation as without cash, travelling and daily expenses were becoming a big problem.”

The officer said, “The Mira Road call centre scam was linked to Ahmedabad, Delhi and Bangalore areas and our teams had to visit these states to gather information and get facts confirmed. The currency withdrawal has hit our investigations in a big way, but we will be back once everything normalises.”

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