The city police have used fake currency notes in various cases to lure criminals and arrest them. This ploy was used to solve a diamond robbery case in May.
Dhirubhai Patel, 40, and Saeed Bashir Khan, 40, who stole a solitaire from diamond trader Nitin Dedhia were apprehended at Bandra (west). “We learnt that the duo was planning to sell the diamond. So we sent our man as a proxy buyer with fake currency,” said an officer.
Not all officers agree with the modus operandi. “New criminals agree to a deal where money and goods exchange hands at the same time. Old timers take the money first and deliver goods later, so they can’t be fooled easily,” another officer said.
Former ACP Shankar Kamble said, “In kidnapping cases, there would be a threat of losing the victim so we needed to make the arrest immediately after the money changed hands.”