Police arrested two people after it found that a pathology lab in Burhar town of Shahdol district was printing fake ₹2,000 notes.
Two men -- the pathology lab’s operator Ravi Gupta (30) and his close friend Amit Raikesh (28) – were booked under Sections 489 and 420 of IPC, said Burhar police sub-inspector Upendra Tripathi on Sunday
The police got a whiff of the matter when Amit went with a ₹2,000 note to a petrol pump on a scooter for getting petrol for ₹300 on Saturday evening. The petrol pump staff, however, doubted the authenticity of the currency note, and detailed scanning proved it was fake.
When Burhar police questioned Amit about the fake currency note, “he told us that the fake note was handed over to him by friend Ravi Gupta.”
The duo was subsequently detained and questioned in detail, after which Gupta admitted having just started printing ₹2,000 fake notes with the help of coloured printer installed at his pathology lab near Burhar government hospital.
“The duo was arrested on Saturday late night. The search at the pathology lab led the police to the authentic ₹2,000 currency notes, whose series was replicated in the fake note handed over at the petrol pump. A torn piece of another fake ₹2,000 note of similar series was found dumped in the dustbin at the lab,” said Tripathi.
The pathology lab operator said he only printed two fake ₹2,000 notes but the police suspect that he could have been doing this work since the new currency came into circulation.
“Recently we had got inputs about fake ₹2,000 currency being circulated in a nearby vegetable market. We’ll now link this case with that development for possible association,” said Tripathi.