Fake currency of face value Rs 56.74 lakh – all in Rs 2,000 denomination -- were seized from five persons in Kolkata’s Watgunj area on Thursday, police said.
The arrests were made by the anti-rowdy squad of Kolkata Police’s detective department after a tip-off that the people were carrying fake notes.
“The notes were all in Rs 2,000 denominations and of good quality. They will be sent to the currency printing press at Salboni for experts to examine,” said Vishal Garg, joint commissioner of police (crime).
Manwar Mullah alias Ujjal, Sk Ekhlash Ahmed, Sk Abul Kalam Azad alias Suraj and Syed Rehan of Howrah district, and Balai Mondal alias Joy from Bankura district had gone to a mobile phone shop at Fancy Market in Watgunj when police nabbed them. They are all in their 20s.
“They will be produced before a court on Friday,” a police officer said.
Interestingly, all the bundles of notes had State Bank of India’s tag on them.
Bengal has turned out to be a major hub of fake currency since demonetisation. The Border Security Force recently seized notes of face value Rs 96,000 from Malda district.