New Delhi: Income tax officials tracking the movement of Rs 3.5 crore in demonetised currency which was seized from a private jet in Dimapur were baffled when the money went missing before being flown to Delhi.

On Tuesday at around 10:00 am in the morning, a chartered flight from Haryana’s Hisar landed at Dimapur airport in Nagaland with Rs 3.5 crore in banned currency onboard. However, hours after the money was seized and purportedly flown to the national capital, it mysteriously went missing.

A passenger named Amarjit Singh from Munger in Bihar had left by the flight from Dimapur.

“Income Tax department was tipped off after the airport’s chief security officer received the call from higher officials. The taxmen checked the bag of the passenger after the plane landed, and seized Rs 3.5 crore,” the Hindustan Times quoted airport director M Zhimo as saying.

However, there are reports which say that relatives of an influential Nagaland politician had collected the seized cash.

CISF personnel and Income Tax officials will be conducting further investigations into the matter.