1.5L illegally printed NCERT school books seized; kingpin flees

MEERUT (UP), AUG 21 (IANS) | Publish Date: 8/21/2020 1:21:09 PM IST

Over 1.5 lakh illegally printed NCERT school books worth Rs 50 crore were seized in a raid carried out by a joint team of Military Intelligence (MI), Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (UP STF) and local police at a facility near Kashigaon on Friday.

Official sources said that the alleged kingpin, Sachin Gupta, has gone missing after burning similar books in the main factory in Mohkampur Enclave near Sabzi Mandi.

Early this month, local Military Intelligence officials received input of suspicious activities in a godown near Kashigaon, Achronda Road, under the Partapur police station. During the investigation, the MI sleuths learnt that the facility stored large number of illegally printed books of NCERT. MI shared the input with local STF of UP Police.

A joint team of the three agencies raided the facility at about 2.30 p.m. on Friday. A massive number of illegally printed books for almost all classes starting from Class I were recovered during the raid. The illegally printed books, sources said, were being supplied to buyers in multiple states.


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