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Babas, priests and godmen looted over Rs 1 crore from devastated people, bank; rescuers recover cash, jewellery

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The rescuers became suspicious of those lined up babas after they found that they had stacks of fresh, unused and serial-wise numbered notes which probably belong to bank.
  • Babas, priests and godmen looted over Rs 1 crore from devastated people, bank; rescuers recover cash, jewellery
    Babas, priests and godmen looted over Rs 1 crore from devastated people, bank; rescuers recover cash, jewellery
    Chandigarh/Dehradun: At a time when the Army other disaster management companies are working day and night to save stranded people in the flood-ravaged Uttarakhand, rescuers claim to have recovered over Rs 1 crore allegedly from ‘babas’ (godmen) who looted the cash and jewellery from devastated town and its people. According to officials, many of those trying to make away with the loot were religious men or "babas", and were only caught because of some alert troopers.
    The rescuers became suspicious of those lined up babas after they found that they had stacks of fresh, unused and serial-wise numbered notes which probably belong to bank.
    According to a report publish in Indian Express, the stolen jewellery and money, some of it in muddied and wet bundles of cash, amounts to Rs 1.25 crore and will be dispatched soon to the district magistrate by the NDRF and ITBP.
    The ‘single’ bank that served the people has been washed away along with cash registers and cash boxes kept in shops and other establishments.
    "One of the babas had Rs 62,000 in cash hidden in a dholak (drum). Another had a packet of prasad that revealed Rs 10,000 in sequenced notes. One had sewn Rs 1.2 lakh into his clothes," IE quoted another rescuer saying.
    Meanwhile, even as the rescue operations have been intensified to save thousands of stranded people in flood-ravaged Uttarakhand, at least 5,000 people may have been killed, a state minister said on Sunday. “At least 5,000 people must have been killed in the deluge that inflicted heavy damage on vast tracts, especially in the Kedarnath valley,” state Disaster Management Minister Yashpal Arya said at Dehra Dun’s Jolly Grant airport after an aerial survey of the affected areas. At least 10,000 survivors still remained rescued.
    Kedarnath Valley has been cleared of all stranded pilgrims in stepped-up rescue operations that led to evacuation of 12,000 pilgrims and tourists. Kedarnath Valley was the most-affected area in entire Uttarakhand.
    The rescue operation was put on acceleration mode on Sunday while the disaster management authorities worked on a ‘Plan B’ — to deploy unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), prepare foot tracks, road routes and structures on cliffs that can sustain heavy rainfall given that heavy rain is again expected in the state today (Monday).
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