Two persons of West Bengal have been arrested with counterfeit currency worth Rs 2.70 lakh on Friday. With this, number of arrests made in past two months has gone up to eight and fake currency worth Rs 10.33 lakh has been seized so far.
Addressing a press conference, deputy inspector general of police (Bhopal) D Sreenivasa Varma on Friday said accused Sujeet Singh, 22, and Gausul Azeem, 43, were arrested outside Bhopal railway station. In total, 270 notes in denomination of Rs 1,000 were seized from them, he added. Officials did not rule out terror angle behind trade and possibility of money reaching banned outfit Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI).
They came to deliver fake currency to Zahoor Khan, who was arrested by crime branch with counterfeit money on January 27. Crime branch asked Khan to place an order for next consignment. He was told to give mobile number of police to the duo, who came to Bhopal to land in police net. The accused have tied counterfeit bundles on their abdomen.
Earlier, they had come to Bhopal to deliver fake currency. During interrogation, they revealed getting fake currency from Mantu Sheikh, who got it from Bangladesh. The arrested were promised to get Rs 4,000 for delivering a consignment of fake currency to Khan.
All arrested were into circulating fake currency for past seven years. Crime branch Bhopal believed fake currency worth more than Rs 1 crore has been pumped. It is being pumped in Bhopal from Nepal through Bihar and Bangladesh through Malda in West Bengal.
Besides, officials said more gangs could be pumping fake currency into the city and adjoining areas. Officials suspect more than 10% Indian currency in the market is fake, officials added.
Though there is no connection between Bangladesh and Nepal gangs, fake currency notes are strikingly similar. Crime branch officials have identified people in Nepal and shared their findings with National Investigation Agency (NIA). A police team is in Malda to arrest Mantu Sheikh.
Dec: 16, 2014: A middle-aged man, Rizwan, was arrested with counterfeit currency worth Rs 65,000 from Iqbal Maidan. He was receiving fake currency from Khurshid, 40, a resident of Bihar.
Dec 27, 2014: Khurshid came to Bhopal with another consignment of counterfeit currency of Rs 1.10 lakh after which police nabbed him.
Jan 1, 2015: Two Nepali nationals Gasul and Javed were arrested from Bettiah in Bihar with counterfeit currency worth Rs 18,000.
Jan 27, 2015- Zahoor Khan, 51, a former national wrestler, who was also in police, was nabbed with counterfeit currency worth Rs 5.60 lakh. He is a native of Ashta in Sehore district.
Feb 7, 2015: Shoaib Khan, 30, a resident of Ashta in Sehore district, was arrested with fake currency worth Rs 10,000.
Feb 27, 2015: Sujeet Singh, 22, and Gausul Azeem, 43, were arrested with fake currency worth Rs 2.70 lakh.