5 Men Trying To Buy Phone Get Caught With Fake Notes Worth 57 Lakh In Kolkata

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5 Men Trying To Buy Phone Get Caught With Fake Notes Worth 57 Lakh In Kolkata

The seized notes have been sent to the RBI's Salboni printing press for expert opinion.

Kolkata:  In what could be the biggest seizure of counterfeit notes since demonetisation, nearly Rs 57 lakhs in 2000-rupee notes were seized by the police in Kolkata today. Five people were arrested near Fancy Market in Khidderpore, where they were trying to buy a mobile phone with the fake notes.

The shop owner felt the notes were not genuine and alarmed the cops after an argument broke out with the five men.

The accused were arrested from the spot which led the police to the fake notes.

Vishal Garg, Joint Commissioner of Police told reporters, "The total amount seized is Rs 56 lakh 74 thousand - all in Rs. 2,000 denomination". The notes had stamps of State Bank of India to make them look genuine.

The five men arrested are Manawar Mollah (29) from Jeypore, Sheikh Eklash Ahmed (26) from Uluberia, Sheikh Abul Kalam Azad (35) from Domjur, Sayyed Rehan (27) from Uluberia and Balai Mondal (23) from Barjora.

The seized notes have been sent to the RBI's Salboni printing press for expert opinion.

The police also said that the five accused were involved in smuggling of gold and that they had recently travelled to Mumbai, Odisha and Jharkhand. Their vehicles have also been seized.

The investigation will focus on the source of the fake currency. They could have either come in from Bangladesh or printed locally, says the police. They will also probe the possibility of an involvement of an international agency.

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