Police have nabbed five persons, including a woman and two brothers, involved in the smuggling of fake currency on Saturday.
Fake currency of Rs. 1,000 denomination amounting to Rs. 94,000 along with 1 kg poppy husk have been seized from the accused.
The accused have been identified as Tarlochan Singh (55), his wife Kamlesh Kaur (52), their son Harjeet Singh (20) along with brothers Naresh Kumar (34) and Sanjay Kumar (36).
The police busted the gang which was operational in the tricity. The members of the gang used to circulate the fake currency by making payments at various petrol pumps.
According to the police, on a tip-off, Tarlochan Singh, who is the main accused in the case, was arrested at a naka. He is a three-wheeler driver and other four accused were riding the vehicle at the time of the arrest.
"On being frisked, the accused had fake currency of Rs. 1,000 denomination amounting to Rs. 94,000 along with 1-kg poppy husk. The accused used these fake notes at petrol pumps," SAS Nagar SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said.
He said, "Tarlochan Singh, who is a resident of Phase 3B1, along with his wife and son used to travel through train to smuggle in fake currency and poppy husk."
The two other accomplices arrested are two residents of Sector 45 in Chandigarh - Naresh Kumar, who is into the business of selling spices, and his brother Sanjay Kumar, who has a business of readymade garments.
Fake currency printed in Nepal
Preliminary interrogation of the accused reveled that the currency was being printed in Nepal. The mastermind of the racket operated from Nepal and after printing the fake currency it was handed over to the accused on the Nepal-Uttar Pradesh border.
Sources said Tarlochan along with other accused had been operating in the tricity for the past two years. The police were investigating into the links of the racket.
The sources added that the accused had already brought in consignments of fake currency three to four times but the quantum of the fake currency brought in was yet to be ascertained.