Fake currency unit busted

Guwahati: City police busted a fake note-printing unit at Hatigaon here on Monday and seized counterfeit currency with a face value of Rs 3 lakh.

City police commissioner Hiren Chandra Nath said the seized fake notes were in denomination of Rs 200, Rs 500 and Rs 2,000.

“Implements and materials used to make the counterfeit notes were also seized but the accused persons managed to escape before the raid was conducted at house number 10 on Minaj Path at Sijubari under Hatigaon police station around 9.30am. A search is on to apprehend them,” he said.

Apart from the fake notes, a printer, a scanner, 17 cartridges, dyes and other materials were seized from the house. A US $1 million currency note, also suspected to be fake, was found at the house.

The owner of the house, Sahida Latif Begum, has told the police that three persons – Jainal Ahmed, 45, Azmal Hoque, 31, and Jiabuddin Lashkar, 30, had taken her house on rent six months ago but she had no idea about their illegal activities.

“We are trying to track them down. We have learnt that the accused hail from Barak Valley and efforts are on to find their permanent addresses,” a police source said.

Incidentally, the haul came in the run-up to the first anniversary of the demonetisation move on Wednesday, putting a question mark on the Centre’s claim that the new notes are hard to copy.

News Source Telegraph India

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