THE LURE of earning a quick buck led two youth to print fake notes, which landed them in the police net with their consequent arrest and recovery of fake Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes amounting to Rs 50,000 along with printing machinery on Sunday.
Assistant Superintendent Police (ASP) Manoj Shrivastav and City Superintendent Police (CSP) Manoj Rai pointed out how the youth of today are getting misguided into crime as proven by the nexus between the arrested 20-year old Y Benjamin of Shankar Bagh (son of a retired ASP RK Benjamin) and 22-year old Sonu alias Abhishek Tiwari of Neelkanth Colony (a listed criminal).
Sonu who is High School fail had been arrested before for vehicle theft by the Khajrana police, which had recovered more than a dozen vehicles from his possession.
He was also indicted in an incident of looting an Indica in Kshipra police station area. His father was jailed for a four year term for furnishing fake parole papers and has been released only recently.
The crime branch of the police had recently received a tip off after half burnt fake notes of the denomination of several thousand were found floating in a ‘nullah’ flowing by Neelkanth Colony.
The Central Kotwali police arrested the accused, while they were trying to obtain change for a fake Rs 500 note from a ‘panwallah’ yesterday night. The motorcycle, which they were using is not theirs and had been stolen a month back from Bengali Colony Square.
The two had also stolen a car and were taking it for selling when two tyres burst leading them to abandon the vehicle. It was subsequently learnt that it was a test run to ascertain whether people could be fooled with their counterfeit currency.
The police seized fake notes to the denomination of about Rs 50,000, a colour printer, special ink and paper used by the Press. Other associated paraphernalia and mobile phones have also been seized as evidence.
Subsequent interrogation revealed that Benjamin and Tiwari were old acquaintances. Recently the two met a mutual friend Om Prakash studying Engineering from Polytechnic College, Dhar.
He told them about how Kanjars (known for their criminal activities) sold gold at very cheap prices. As the father of Benjamin had his last posting in Jaora he was aware of the legendry prosperity of the Ratlam belt in gold and trade of pure gold at lower price.
Managing to convince them of the profit in striking a business deal with the Kanjars Om Prakash took them to one such ‘dera’ where they were offered 10 kg of gold at Rs six lakh, subsequently brought down to Rs 4.5 lakh.
Deciding on going ahead with this criminal deal they thought no harm in stooping lower by trying to hoodwink the Kanjars who are mostly unlettered. For bringing their scheme to fructification they purchased a high-resolution colour printer/scanner and installed it at their residence from where they started printing fake notes. The first few batches of notes did not come up to their mark and they, therefore, burnt and threw them in the ‘nullah’.
As they wished to print notes worth Rs 4.5 lakh quickly they raised the denomination to Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes and later even decided to put blank sheets in between the wads.