Following the arrest of a 28-year-old man from Jharkhand with fake Indian currency notes worth Rs2.05 lakh, city crime branch has submitted a report to the ministry of home affairs stating the arrested accused and his accomplices are involved in the anti-national act. The police also applied the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act in the case after they received a report from the Currency Notes Press Office in Nashik that said the notes were of "high quality".
On August 8, a team of officers Nandkumar Gopale, Nitin Patil, Dilip Phulpagare and Laxmikant Salunkhe from the property cell had arrested one Abubakar Hanif Shaikh from Crawford Market on receipt of specific information that he was going to circulate fake currency notes. The police had seized 205 fake notes of Rs1,000 denomination from him.
"Shaikh, who has against him around seven cases of house break-ins in Mumbai, had told the police during his interrogation that he had got the consignment from a person from Malda in West Bengal, who had got the notes from a Bangladeshi national at the Indo-Bangladesh border. The Malda man had given fake notes worth Rs1 lakh for Rs40,000 to Shaikh," said a crime branch officer.
Six months ago, Shaikh had managed to circulate Rs3 lakh worth fake notes in Mumbai successfully. "This was his second round of circulation. This time too, he had brought fake notes worth Rs3 lakh and had managed to circulate Rs95,000 before he was caught. We will soon send a team to Malda to trace the person," said the officer.