Fake currency worth Rs 2L seized, 2 held
Kolkata: Joint forces of a special operation group and the Murshidabad district police recovered fake currency notes worth Rs 2 lakh in denominations of Rs 2,000 from Mohona bus stand area of Berhampore and arrested two persons for their alleged involvement in the smuggling of counterfeit currency.
Acting on a specific information, the joint forces raided the area on Monday night and seized the huge amount of fake currency notes. The accused have been identified as Sish Mohammed and Samsul Seikh. Sish is a resident of Malda's Vaishnabnagar, while Samsul is from Hariharpur in Murshidabad.
Police came to know that the accused would be assembling in the bus stand area. The accused have been booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Code on charges of circulating fake currency notes.
Both the youth are remanded to police custody after being produced before a district court on Tuesday. According to the preliminary investigation, police suspect that the fake currency notes were taken to Murshidabad from some other districts.
Police have interrogated the accused about the modus operandi of the gang. They are not ruling out the possibility of the currency notes being brought into the country from Bangladesh.
They have started a probe to discover where the counterfeit currency had come from. The incident has prompted the authorities to start a detailed probe to find out if the suspects were a part of an interstate fake currency racket or international racket.
The special force along with police officers had reached the spot before the duo arrived.
Police in civil dress were keeping an eye in the bus stand area.
When the two youth arrived at the spot and tried to exchange the fake currency notes, they were caught red handed. After interrogating the duo, police have come to know the names of some other youth, who might have been involved in the incident.