In a major haul, Delhi Police has seized 41,600 counterfeit coins with a face value of R10 each from two youths allegedly linked to a Nepal-based gang supplying fake metal currency through major food joints across the country.
“The gang minted counterfeit coins in Nepal and supplied them here through big food joints in Delhi, Gurgaon and other metropolitan cities of the country,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) HGS Dhaliwal.
The gang used a car with a police sticker to travel and sell the counterfeit coins, he added.
The police said the coins were smuggled into the country through the border near East Champaran on tongas. Once the consignment crossed the border, the coins concealed in wooden boxes were either shifted to trucks that transport vegetables and fruits or on to Sampark Kranti Express.
“The gang allegedly used the guard room of the train to transport it. The gang was busted on Monday when Sudhir Kumar (36), residing in west Delhi’s Uttam Nagar, and Daleep Kumar (29), hailing from Bihar’s Madhubani area and presently staying in Uttam Nagar, were arrested from Mehar Chand Market in south Delhi,” added Dhaliwal.
The police said that arrests came following investigations into inputs about circulation of fake coins in the capital near shops and food joints where they are required.
Some traders had also complained about the quality of the coins they got and suspected the same to be fake.
“Sudhir and Daleep were apprehended when they came to exchange the coins with a decoy customer we sent. Three packets of counterfeit Indian coins with a face value of R1.16 lakh were recovered from their possession while the rest were recovered from the vehicle,” said Dhaliwal.
The police said that one Mangat Joshi, who is absconding, is supposedly the kingpin of the Indian network and the main person who deals with the Nepali manufacturer of counterfeit coins.
They added that the accused received counterfeit coins at half the cost and gave it to his associates in Delhi.
They have so far given coins worth more than R1 crore to food chains.