In a bizarre incident, bundles of currency notes were thrown out of an office from the sixth floor of a building in Kolkata’s central business district in the midst of an income tax raid on Wednesday.
In a video of the incident, which went viral on social media, bystanders are seen reaching out for the Rs 2,000, Rs 500 and Rs 100 notes that are being pushed out of a window with the help of a broom.
Watch: Bundles of money flying from a window. Amidst a raid being conducted by DRI Kolkata Zonal unit, office employees where raid was on throw bundles of money of denomination 500 2,000. Shocked public collect notes (1/2) @dna @ZeeNews @ZeeNewsCrime @capt_ivane pic.twitter.com/jVjUmbjw3b
— Pooja Mehta (@pooja_news) November 20, 2019
Officials from the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) said a search in a private office on that floor was underway when the incident occurred. DRI sources told PTI that its sleuths had gone to the office engaged in export-import activities on that floor to conduct search operations for alleged evasion of duty.
“Later, reinforcements were also sent,” he said, adding searches were on.
However, it cannot be definitely said if there was a relation between the search operations and the shower of currency notes, sources said.
Police said investigations into the incident are underway.