Vikash Sharma

Baripada police on Saturday unearthed a racket involving circulation of Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICNs) while investigating a kidnapping case. As many as seven persons have been arrested in connection with both cases.

Senior police officials said that a woman and her husband are suspected to be the mastermind of the racket. The accused have been identified as Ranjita Behera and her husband. The gang used to dupe people with the help of fake notes by promising Rs 10 lakh against a deposit of Rs 3 lakh.

The gang was circulating fake notes in the market with the help of agents and the racket was active in Mayurbhanj, West Bengal and Jharkhand.

The matter came to the light after some locals detained one agent identified as Gajendra Behera while he had come to deliver some fake notes. Later, Gajendra’s father had lodged a police complaint alleging kidnapping.

"While probing the kidnapping case, we learnt that the entire cheating was done with the help of fake notes," said Additional SP Umashankar Moharana.

According to Moharana, seven persons have been arrested in connection with the fake note racket while three persons have been booked on the charges of kidnapping. Further investigation in connection with the incident is underway, police said. 

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