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Delhi cops nab kingpin of currency racket, a property dealer, in Patna

The accused, identified as Akhujam Khan, was arrested from Rajeev Nagar in Patna.

delhi Updated: Feb 21, 2017 23:26 IST
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The police on February 17 arrested his accomplices Sanjeev and Arvin, from western Uttar Pradesh.

The Delhi Police Special Cell on Tuesday arrested the alleged kingpin of a racket involved in supplying fake Indian currency notes in different parts of India. The notes, police said, were printed in Pakistan and pushed into India via Nepal, through a network of sources.

Three days ago the police had arrested two people, Sanjeev and Arvin, in connection with the case and seized Rs 6 lakh in fake Rs 100 notes that they allegedly supplied in Delhi and UP from eastern UP.

Akhruzzama Khan, 42, a property dealer, was arrested from his residence in Rajiv Nagar, Patna, Bihar, after a raid by the police party on instance of accused, Sanjeev, who was earlier arrested in the case. With the arrest, the police also recovered fake Indian currency notes with the notional value of Rs 20,000 in the denomination of Rs 100 from his car.

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Sources said Khan is the link between the suppliers and the buyers in the entire fake Indian currency note chain. “Khan is the person who received the fake Indian currency notes from Nepal. After receiving the currency in eastern UP, his job was to distribute it to suppliers who would deliver the consignments to buyers. After we arrested the two suppliers, our main aim was to nab the person who was arranging the consignment for supply,” a police officer said.

The two men told the police that their job was to only pick up the consignment from Khan and then supply it further, for which they charged Rs 40,000 for every Rs 1 lakh of fake currency. “A raid was conducted at the eastern UP location but nothing was found. After we received a secret information about Khan hiding in Patna, a team was sent and he was nabbed from his residence. We also recovered more fake currency notes stacked in his fiat car,” a police officer said.

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Khan, police said, worked as a property dealer in the area and had been supplying fake notes for the past six years. “He has a network of people in Nepal. We are yet to know if he was in touch with someone from Pakistan who are involved in printing these notes. We are also trying to zero down on the main buyers and some deliverers who were getting these notes from Nepal and even through West Bengal. The investigation in the case is on,” a police officer explained.

Police said that the notes are of high quality and the accused have successfully managed to copy all security features of the note, so much so that it is difficult to differentiate between the fake and the original note even for an expert hand.