Vikash Sharma

Jharsuguda: A team of Banharpali police in Jharsuguda busted a fake currency note-printing unit in Sambalpur. Three persons have been arrested on the charges of printing duplicate Indian Currency Notes (FICN).

The cops seized fake currency notes worth Rs 96,000 in Rs 500 and Rs 100 denominations. The three accused held have been identified as Md Irfan, Md Istifaque of Sambalpur and Md Ajmal of Sundergarh district.

According to sources, police detected the racket after one of the accused was caught transacting two fake Rs 200 notes at a petrol pump at Bandabahal area in Jharsuguda district recently. During interrogation he confessed to have printed the fake notes with the help of other two accused.

Later, with help of the lead from the accused, cops traced the fake currency manufacturing unit and also arrested the other two.

A printer and other articles used to print currency notes, three mobile phones and a motorcycle has been seized from the trio and further investigation in this connection is underway, said Jharsuguda SP, Rahul PR on Saturday.

On November 26, the Special Task Force (STF) of the Crime Branch seized Fake Indian Currency Notes worth over Rs 3 lakh following raids at two places in Koraput district.

On October 20, two persons were arrested in Nayagarh while they were attempting to carry out a transaction of Rs 1.25 lakh at a business establishment using fake currency notes. Later police found that the duo was engaged in the printing of fake currency notes at a rented house in the district.