Uttar Pradesh strongman’s brother held in Punjab

January 21st, 2009 - 10:39 pm ICT by IANS  

Chandigarh, Jan 21 (IANS) The Punjab police have arrested Dharamvir Singh, brother of Uttar Pradesh strongman and politician D.P. Yadav, for possession of fake currency notes, police officials said Wednesday.Singh was arrested by the police late Tuesday and remanded to police custody Wednesday to investigate his involvement in counterfeit currency racket, said R.N. Dhoke, senior superintendent of police of Punjab’s Ropar district.

Singh was stopped by officials at a toll plaza near Kiratpur town, 70 km from here, to pay toll. He gave a Rs. 500 note which was returned to him as it was a fake. He then gave a Rs.1,000 currency note to them. This too turned out to be a fake one, said the official.

Singh got into an argument with toll officials and even threatened them with a pistol and boasted of his political connections. The toll officials called the police. He was later arrested.

His Ford Endeavour SUV was also impounded by the police.

His search revealed that he was carrying counterfeit currency worth Rs.3,500.

Singh, an industrialist, has a unit in neighbouring Himachal Pradesh.

D.P. Yadav had a notorious track record in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad area before turning a politician. His son Vikas Yadav and nephew Vishal Yadav were last year convited for the murder of Nitish Katara and have been sentenced to life imprisonment.

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