The crime branch, on Saturday, claimed to have arrested six people —including four women, for their alleged involvement in running a Fake Indian National Currency (FICN) racket.
The uniqueness of the racket, according to sources, was the modus operandi which involved the circulation of the fake currency notes in small markets by women gang members who would later get a commission of 20% on each note they were successful in pushing into the local economy.
"Our special team, headed by inspector Sushil Kumar, apprehended two men and four women from the Kapashera bus stand around 5 pm on September 6 based on a tip-off. Fake notes amounting to Rs. 1,92,500, in denominations of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000, was recovered from them," said Sanjay Kumar Jain, DCP (Crime and Railways).
The gang members were later identified as Ayub Miyan, 33, the manager of the racket, Shrikant, 23, a mechanic-cum-electrician, and four housewives, Sabira Khatoon, 30, Munni Khatoon, 30, Noor Nisa, 26 and Asma Khatoon, 40, the police said.
With the exception of Ayub, a tailor residing in south Delhi's Kapashera, the rest of the gang members, police said, hailed from different villages located in Bihar's east Champaran district.
"One Shakeel, a resident of east Champaran, is the mastermind of the gang. He used to get fake currency notes from one Mehfooze, also a resident of Bihar, and had the arrested persons to circulate the same in Delhi," DCP Jain said.
After receiving the fake notes in Bihar, police claimed, Shakeel would make small packets of the consignment — carefully wrapping them in black polythene and hand them over to the women gang members with the direction to hide these in their undergarments.
"The women gang members used to go to weekly markets in the dusk for easy circulation of fake notes and to avoid detection. The gang members would be given notes in the denominations of Rs. 500-Rs. 1000 with the direction to purchase articles for Rs. 100 only so that the shopkeeper would return the maximum remaining amount to them," DCP Jain said.