In yet another major haul of Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN), the Pune rural police have arrested six persons from West Bengal after seizing from them Rs 2.2 lakh of Rs 1,000 denomination. The FICN is suspected to have been smuggled from Bangladesh. This is the third FICN seizure from in and around Pune in he last 45 days.
The police made the first arrest in the case on Thursday when a suspect who was later identified as Kajmul Haq Shaikh (20) bought sweets from a shop in Lonavala.
“He asked for 250 grams of sweets worth Rs 60, handed over the shopkeeper a Rs 1000 note and a Rs 10 rupee note and was given back Rs 950. As he left the shop hurriedly, a shop staffer got suspicious and checked the note again. He found out that it was a fake note. He immediately informed us,” said Inspector Vishnu Pawar of Lonavala police station.
The police reached the spot and found the same man buying something from other sweet shops nearby. “When our team nabbed Kajmul, another person who was standing outside the shop ran away. We had suspicion that he was the accomplice. We launched a search for him. Kajmul had the photo of that person on his cellphone. He was arrested sometime later and identified as Abu Kalam Nazrul (22). We seized 20 notes of FICN Rs 1,000 denomination from them,” Pawar said.
During the interrogation, the two arrested gave the whereabout of more people involved. On Friday, the police raided a place in Sanpada in Mumbai and seized 200 notes of Rs 1000 denomination. The four other suspects have been identified as Aalam Saheb Shaikh, Khalil Shaikh, Bablu Junawali Shaikh and Abdul Razzak Ketabuddin. All the six persons are from Malda district on Indo-Bangladesh border.
A police officer said that the the seized notes were good copy and can only be identified as FICN after one checks the space of the elevated letters on the top of the notes. “We now have the information about some more suspects, We will send teams to West Bengal soon,” said DySP (Lonavala division) Vaibhav Kalubarme.
In earlier two seizures, the Vishrantwadi and Chatushrungi police had seized Rs 1.41 lakh and Rs 2,500 in FICN, respectively.
‘West Bengal cops don’t cooperate with us’
For further probe in FICN cases, teams are often sent to various places in West Bengal. A senior police officer said, “The search for