Two held in Mewat for printing, circulating ₹2,000 notes
The accused used to sell fake Rs 2,000 notes for Rs 350 and Rs 400, depending on the buyers.gurgaon Updated: Jun 05, 2017 23:37 IST
The crime branch of Mewat police claimed on Monday to have busted an inter-state fake currency racket that printed and circulated counterfeit ₹2,000 notes. The police arrested one of the accused on Sunday and another one on Monday.
The accused, according to the police, used to sell fake ₹2,000 notes at ₹350 and ₹400, depending on the buyers. These fake notes have been in circulation in Haryana, UP and Rajasthan for many months, the police claimed.
The racket, according to the police, had been operating in Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan. The police recovered five fake ₹2,000 notes (₹10,000 in total), a forged registration certificate of a car and a fake driving licence.
Mewat had been on radar of the investigative agencies over fake currency circulation. According to the police sources, fake currency smugglers get three times more returns, as such cases of smuggling counterfeit notes are rising in the region.
Police arrested Zakir, one of the accused, on Sunday. He was presented in court on Monday and remanded to five days’ police custody. On Monday, the police arrested another member of the racket, Arif. He identified some places where he allegedly sold fake notes. He was remanded to police custody for three days. The crime cell of Firozpur Jhirka, Mewat, 82 km from Gurgaon, had laid a trap to arrest the racketeers involved in the printing and circulation of fake ₹2,000 notes.
While Zakir was arrested on Sunday, his brother and the alleged mastermind, Mubarik alias Mubba,is absconding. He took the dye used for printing fake notes with him.
Crime cell in-charge,inspector Ratan Lal, told HT that Zakir and his brother Mubarik already have several cases of theft and forgery against them in Punhana, Mewat and adjoining areas.
The crime branch received information that the arrested accused and others were involved in printing fake ₹2,000 in Haryana and circulating them via agents across Haryana, UP and Rajasthan.
“We formed a team and laid a trap. We asked one of our informers to contact Mubarik aka Mubba and pretended to be a buyer. The deal was fixed and Mubarik was asked to bring Rs 10,000 on Sunday at a fixed spot near the petrol pump in Firozepur Jhirka,” Ratan Lal said.
Mubarik, however, turned out to be too clever and sent his brother Zakir with five fake ₹2000 notes.
“We nabbed Zakir at the petrol pump. He told us that he and his brother, along with four others, have been operating this fake currency racket for months and until now,tens of thousands of fake currency have been in circulation in the three states,” the CIA in-charge informed.
While this gang of six has been printing fake notes in Haryana, there are several other agents across the states who take a cut from them and circulate fake currency, they informed the police.
The police have registered a case against six persons — Mubarik aka Mubba, his brother Zakir, Arif, Jimmi aka Jamshed, Mubin and Ilias.
In September 2014, the special cell of Delhi police had arrested a Mewat resident and a resident of West Bengal and seized fake currency worth ₹7 lakh. The accused were however acquitted in 2016 by a Delhi court.