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Saswat Singhdeo

Kalahandi: In another breakthrough, police busted a fake currency note racket in Dharmagarh of Kalahandi district on Friday. While two persons have been arrested in the case, fake notes worth Rs 17,000 were seized from their possession, sources said.

The two arrested persons- Rajendra Bhoi and Kulmani Naik, have been identified to be the residents of Dharmagarh area.

As per sources, Bhoi and Nayak bought goats from one Dhaniram Naik of Kotmer village by paying him Rs 40,000.

The matter came to light when Dhaniram went to a grocery shop to buy ration, where he realized that the notes were fake.

Dhaniram then laid a trap by offering to sell more goats to the same accused over phone.

Unaware of the consequences, the accused visited the village and were subsequently nabbed by Dharmagarh police who were prepositioned in the area.

According to the police, the culprits were using coloured Xerox copies of original notes to buy goods from the market.

"We have come to know that those fake notes are coloured Xerox copies of original currency notes. We have arrested Rajendra and Kulmani," Dharmagarh DSP SN Satpathy said.

While both of them have been forwarded to court, an investigation is currently underway to nab other miscreants involved in the racket, police added.

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