Maoist sympathiser held with scrapped currency notes

Raipur, Dec 8 (PTI) A Maoist sympathiser, allegedly trying to illegally exchange over Rs 1 lakh in scrapped Rs 1,000 currency notes for the new ones, was today arrested in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district.

Hemla Bheema (40) was nabbed from Bhansi Police Station area, Dantewada Additional Superintendent of Police (anti-Maoist operations) Gorakhnath Baghel told PTI.

naxalmoneyAfter receiving inputs that a suspect was trying to exchange Rs 1,10,000, in demonetised currency notes of Rs 1,000, in Bhansi area, around 400 km away from here, a police team swung into action and the accused was apprehended with the cash, he said.

As per preliminary information, Bheema, a native of Masapara in Bhansi area, was active as a range committee member of Janatana Sarkar squad of the outlawed CPI(Maoist), the officer said.

During interrogation, the accused revealed that Sanjay Kadti, a senior member of Bhairamgarh Area Committee of Maoists, had given him the cash to get it exchanged with new notes, either through banks or with support of local traders, Baghel said, adding his interrogation is on.

Source: PTI