In two years, 24 peo­ple ar­rested with fake cur­rency notes worth `19 lakh

Po­lice said ar­rested ac­cused had only been hired only to trans­port notes from one city to an­other

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NAVI MUM­BAI: Barkul Shaikh, 22, a na­tive of West Ben­gal came to Navi Mum­bai with coun­ter­feit cur­rency notes of face value of Rs2.99 lakh in Septem­ber last year. How­ever, he landed in po­lice net be­fore he could de­liver the notes at his desti­na­tion. The po­lice later also ar­rested one of his as­so­ciates from Pan­vel.

Ac­cord­ing to Navi Mum­bai crime branch, the city po­lice have ar­rested a to­tal of 24 peo­ple in 19 cases of coun­ter­feit cur­rency notes in last two year. They have also seized such notes of face value of Rs19 lakh dur­ing this time.

The po­lice said most of the peo­ple ar­rested in such cases are from West Ben­gal. The ar­rested peo­ple do not have much idea where the notes come from as they are hired only to trans­port the notes from one city to an­other.

Suresh Men­gade, deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice of spe­cial branch, said, “Un­doubt­edly there are some for­eign agen­cies who are sup­ply­ing such notes to the In­dian cities with vested in­ter­ests. We have come to know about two routes used by such cul­prits. The first one is through West Ben­gal and se­cond one is via Ra­jasthan. How­ever, all the notes we seized in Navi Mum­bai in last two years came by the first route.”

“The ar­rested peo­ple hardly have any idea about the places where such notes are printed. The main cul­prits stay out­side the coun­try and hire small-time crim­i­nals here to trans­port the notes,” he added.

The cul­prits nor­mally tar­get the busy mar­ket ar­eas for dis­tribut­ing such notes. “They nor­mally charge real cur­rency of Rs100 for one fake note of Rs500 and real cur­rency of Rs200 for one fake note of Rs1,000. That is how they dis­trib­ute the notes among the traders,” he fur­ther said.

“Sev­eral po­lice teams from Mum­bai and Navi Mum­bai have vis­ited West Ben­gal search­ing for the print­ing places of such notes, but to no avail. Even the co­op­er­a­tion of the lo­cal po­lice is also not up to our ex­pec­ta­tions,” an­other of­fi­cer said.

Ac­cord­ing to the crime branch of­fi­cials, two types cases of coun­ter­feit notes are reg­is­tered by the cops. First one is when some­one is held with fake notes and the se­cond one is when bank re­ceives such notes from their cus­tomers.

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