Electoral officials in Tamil Nadu on Saturday seized about Rs 570 crore from three containers during checking in Tirupur district, which the occupants of the vehicles claimed was for inter-bank money transfer.
The men in cars, who escorted the containers claimed to be policemen from Andhra Pradesh but were not in uniform, told the officials they were transferring Rs 570 crore from State Bank of India in Coimbatore to Vishakhapatnam branches. However, they could not show any proper documents to validate their claims, following which the vehicles were taken to the District Collectorate in Tirupur.
During investigation, a check was found which revealed the amount, kept in many boxes, inside the containers.
Asked why they had sped away without stopping, they told the police they feared it was a robbery attempt and that they were unaware that the officials were from the election department.