Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh Police (APP) busted a fake Indian currency circulating racket and arrested one person in this connection. Police also recovered 40 bundles of counterfeit notes of 500 denominations with face value of Rs 20 lakhs.
Itanagar Capital Complex SP Jimmy Chiram informed that the police could achieve the breakthrough following receipt of information from the NGO ‘Indigenous Movement against Corruption and Reformation’ on October 22 last that a few people were roaming in Banderdewa area (the gateway to Arunachal Pradesh) and trying to circulate fake currencies in the state.
“The moment we got the information, we formed a special team, including members of the NGO, led by the officer-in-charge of Banderdewa Police Station Inspector Tadu Hassang and arrested one Ashwuddin Islam (24) of No.1 Islampur village, Bangalmara under Assam’s Bihpuria PS from Banderdewa,” the SP said, adding that the recoveries were made from him.
Informing about the modus operandi of the offender, Chiram told the reporters that the accused would call up people offering to give double or triple of the amount they pay.
He said that the crime is based on greed and asked the people to not get carried away. “In such cases, a person who agrees to the ‘offer’ and gets duped cannot be called a victim. He is also a criminal,” the SP exhorted, while stating that fake currency is “a serious threat to our economy”.
Informing that the accused has revealed some names during the preliminary investigation, the SP hinted that some more accused might be arrested soon and exuded hope that the information will help them get the case to a logical conclusion.