Acting on a tip-off, Borda police in Odisha’s Kalahandi district busted a fake currency racket and arrested three persons in this connection. The gang allegedly ran a fake currency printing unit and circulated them in the area.
A printing machine, high-quality counterfeit notes with a face value of Rs 7300, paper cutters, and printing papers used to print the notes have been seized from their possession. The cops have also seized three mobile phones and bundles of Rs 500 fake currency notes from the three accused.
They have been identified as Kana Mahapatra of Borda village, Mandu Chandan of Rajnapur village, and Santosh Bhoi of Kusumasil village.
According to sources, the three accused had been using fake currency notes to buy articles at the Borda market. Finding their behaviour suspicious, locals alerted the cops who arrived at the spot and detained the three.
During interrogation, it was found out that the three were printing the counterfeit notes at Santosh Bhoi’s house.
A case has been filed in this connection while a further probe into the incident has been launched. The three accused were produced in the court and later sent to judicial custody after their bail plea was rejected.
Efforts are on to find out if there are more people involved in the racket, informed Borda outpost officer.