A seemingly innocuous telephonic conversation between a father and son led to the seizure of fake Indian currency notes, police sources said on Friday.
According to police, the intelligence input that led them to uncover the stash of counterfeit currency from a warehouse in Dabri on Thursday came after they intercepted a conversation between Ash Mohammad and his father Hassan.
"Hassan is in Pakistan and, during a conversation with his son Mohammad, he informed him about a mysterious consignment and assured him that it would shortly be on its way," said a senior police officer.
On Friday, the special cell arrested Ash Mohammad and Zeeshan Khan and claimed to have recovered just R2.24 crore in fake notes from their possession as opposed to R6 crore as they had claimed on Thursday.
Police said the consignment had been arranged and despatched by Iqbal Kana, the former resident of Prabudh Nagar in UP. Kana is currently in Pakistan and is wanted in several criminal cases by the CBI as well as several state police forces.
"Kana had started out as a small arms smuggler before he graduated to drugs and then to pumping fake currency into the country through the ISI. The amount of fake currency that he annually manages to push into India is estimated to be up to R1,600 crore," said an officer.
Meanwhile, as opposed to the usual Indo-Nepal border route, this time Kana used an unconventional route to push his consignment through, police said.
"The notes were printed at a press in Pakistan and sent to POK through trucks. These were then smuggled into Jammu from where they were loaded onto a train and reached Delhi," the officer said adding that the police were likely to arrest at least three more persons in the coming days.