Jamshedpur, March 14: In a breakthrough, police on Sunday arrested a man who was running a racket of printing and circulating fake currency notes. The man was identified as Aftab Alam, son of Mohammed Mazhar, a resident of Gulab Baag in Mango.
Aftab who stayed in a rented house would run the manufacturing fake currency notes of rupees 50, 100 and 500 from the past six months. Police have seized notes of rupees 500 denomination, Rs 100 and Rs 50 denomination. This apart, the police have seized semi-finished Rs 500 notes worth 36,000 beside seizing a laptop, inject printer and a monitor from the house of the accused.
Significantly, on the laptop was a sticker of Pakistani flag, hinting that Aftab might have connection with Pakistan in running the racket. Revealing about the breakthrough, senior SP, M Tamil Vanan said that the accused who was running the racket was caught while he was making payment against the fruits he had bought from a fruit vendor at Jugsalai late on Saturday night.
“The fruit vendor objected the note and demanded another note, leading the accused to indulge in an altercation. The accused had torn apart the note, creating a commotion attracting the attention of two mobile cops who arrived at the scene . The cops took Aftab to Jugsalai thana where during interrogation he confessed that the note he tore up was fake and that he was running a racket of fake currency, ” said Vanan while addressing a press conference .
The senior SP said on Sunday morning the police raided Aftab’s house and seized the equipment as well as the materials used in the making fake currency notes and also a stock of fake currencies of different denominations from his house.
Vanan said the accused used to manufacture the currency notes during the day and got them spend in the night, especially in the late hours so that shop-keepers might not focus on the notes.