Two persons were arrested at the railway station for possessing fake currency worth R2.70 lakh, the crime branch claimed on Friday.
Eight persons, including the latest ones, have been arrested for circulating fake currency in Bhopal and its neighbouring districts. A total of R10.33 lakh counterfeit currency has been seized so far by the police.
The accused have been identified as Sujeet Singh, 22, and 43-year-old Gausul Azim. Both are the residents of West Bengal. D Sreenivasa Varma, deputy inspector general of police, Bhopal zone, said following a tip-off, two persons were detained from the railway station. When police searched their bags and baggage, fake currency worth R2.70 lakh was recovered.
“They were given money by one Mantu Sekh, a resident of West Bengal, and asked to hand over to one Zahoor Khan alias Pahalwan. Though, they were not aware that Zahoor has been arrested by the crime branch,” said Varma. The accused were produced in the court on Friday and remanded to the police custody till March 3.
The police managed to bust the gang involved in circulating fake currency after detaining one Rizwan Ahmad, a resident of Bhopal, on December 20, 2014. He told his interrogators that an organised gang was involved in Bhopal and other districts and had been circulating counterfeit currency for the past few years.
Fake currency pumped in the Indian market was printed in Pakistan, according to the police.
According to Rizwan, police later arrested five more persons, including Khurshid Alam, 40, a resident of Bihar, Gausul Alam, 22, a resident of Nepal, Jauwad Alam, 23, a resident of Nepal, Zahoor Alam, 51, and Shoeb Khan,30, a resident of Sehore district in Madhya Pradesh.