A person was arrested for carrying unaccounted cash after a joint raid was conducted by the Special Task Force ( STF) of Kolkata police and officers from Hare Street police Station this afternoon.

Police sources said the man arrested has been identified as Sajan Sharma (56) a resident of Brindaban Basak Street near Jorabagan. The raid was conducted on a specific tip. An STF source said the arrest was made after surveillance was maintained and he was found to be carrying a bag while moving about in a suspicious manner at an area near Tea Board. This had alerted the police, who intercepted the man and arrested him later following prolonged interrogation and search that resulted in the discovery of wads of cash amounting to Rs 39 lakh from his possession.

A STF source said he was arrested immediately after he failed to give satisfactory answer about the cash that he was carrying. The officer also claimed that he was unable to produce any documents in support of the cash.

Later, a Lalbazar source said that preliminary investigation revealed that the money appeared to be meant for an illegal hawala transaction for money laundering.