Press Esc to close
Thursday 28 August 2014
News updated at 2:51 AM IST
Weather
Max: 24.4°C
Min : 20.1°C
In Bangalore
Generally cloudy

Floating currency notes: Youth drowns in Assam water body

Guwahati, June 26, 2012, (IANS) :

A youth's body was Tuesday fished out from a wetland here in which scores of people entered to collect Indian currency notes that were found floating on the water.

The youth, in his early 20s, had dived into the Silsako Beel Tuesday morning along with some other eager beavers to look for and pocket the currency notes floating on the water, police said quoting eyewitnesses.

Eyewitnesses said the incessant rains lashing the state might have raised the water level of the wetland, and the youth who was probably not a good swimmer drowned.

Following the incident, the district administration issued strict orders prohibiting anyone from entering the water body.

On Monday, Indian currencies in the denominations of Rs.1,000 and Rs.500 were found floating on the Silsako Beel waters in Chachal area. Locals believed the currency notes was hidden black money, and people continued the look for them till late night.

"Today (Tuesday) also we saw people gathering here from 7 a.m. While some of them jumped in the waters and continued search, some waited on the bank. However, the tragic incident took place around 10.30 a.m. and the rush for money came to a halt," said Dinesh Sarma, a local resident.
Police were yet to find the source of the floating currency notes.

"The currencies we have recovered yesterday look genuine. We are trying to find out their source but it's not an easy task as the wetland is spread over a huge area. It'll take some time to find out exactly how and when the currencies ended up in Silsako Beel," Additional Superintendent of Police (Crime) Amitabh Sinha told IANS.

"We have appealed the people to stop the search for the currencies. However, we cannot seal a huge wetland like Silsako to restrict the movement of the people, which might lead to accidents like today's," Sinha said.


Another police official said: "The currencies look genuine. However, we can confirm it after receiving the official report from the Reserve Bank of India."

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Abhishek Bachchan posing next to the Pro Kabbadi League trophy in Bengaluru ...

Abhishek Bachchan posing next to the Pro Kabbadi League trophy in Bengaluru ...

Imran Khan  supporter waves national and party flags during what has been dubbed a 'freedom march ..

Imran Khan supporter waves national and party flags during what has been dubbed a 'freedom march ..

England's Ben Stokes fails to get to a catch during the second ODI against India ...

England's Ben Stokes fails to get to a catch during the second ODI against India ...

Narendra Modi in a meeting with President of Asian Development Bank, Takehiko Nakao in New Delhi ...

Narendra Modi in a meeting with President of Asian Development Bank, Takehiko Nakao in New Delhi ...

Family members mourn during cremation procession of Lance Naik Dhananjay Kumar who was killed ...

Family members mourn during cremation procession of Lance Naik Dhananjay Kumar who was killed ...

Crowd during cremation procession of Lance Naik Dhananjay Kumar who was killed in an encounter ...

Crowd during cremation procession of Lance Naik Dhananjay Kumar who was killed in an encounter ...

Britain's Deputy PM Nick Clegg during the inauguration of the United Kingdom India Business ...

Britain's Deputy PM Nick Clegg during the inauguration of the United Kingdom India Business ...

Dhoni is bowled by England's Chris Woakes during their second one-day international cricket match ..

Dhoni is bowled by England's Chris Woakes during their second one-day international cricket match ..

MS Dhoni bails fly as he is clean bowled by England's Chris Jordan ...

MS Dhoni bails fly as he is clean bowled by England's Chris Jordan ...

A Lord Ganesha idol decorated with 'Laddus at famous Moti Doongari temple in Jaipur ...

A Lord Ganesha idol decorated with 'Laddus at famous Moti Doongari temple in Jaipur ...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bangalore - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523