6 held with counterfeit notes

6 held with counterfeit notes

Six persons, including four women, have been arrested in Kapashera in south-west Delhi for their alleged involvement in circulation of fake Indian currency notes, police said on Saturday.

The mastermind of the gang is absconding.Fake notes with face value of Rs 1.92 lakh —  in the denomination of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 — have been recovered from Ayub Miyan, 33, Shrikant, 23, Sabira Khatoon, 30, Munni Khatoon, 30, Noor Nisa, 26, and Asma Khatoon, 40.

“The action was taken over a tip-off that fake Indian currency notes were being circulated by a gang led by Shakeel and Ayub,” said Sanjay Kumar Jain, deputy commissioner of police (crime and railways).

A trap was laid on Thursday near Kapashera bus stand. At 5 pm, all the accused were apprehended at the instance of an informer.

During interrogation, they revealed that the gang had been operating in Delhi for the past three months. “Shakeel, who hails from Bihar’s east Champaran district, is the gang’s mastermind. He used to get the notes from a man named Mehfooz,” Jain added.

After receiving the notes in Bihar, Shakeel would divide them in small wads and carefully wrap them in a black polythene. He would then give the packets to female gang members and direct them to hide them in their undergarments to avoid detection.
“All the gang members would then board a train to Delhi,” Jain said.

The probe has revealed that Ayub, a resident of Kapashera, had been looking after the circulation of the fake notes in Delhi and he managed accommodation for other gang members.

Shakeel and Ayub used to give fake notes with face value of Rs 5,000 to gang members for circulation in weekly markets in the Capital. “They were given notes in the denomination of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 with the direction to purchase articles worth Rs 100,” Jain added.

Shakeel and Ayub used to give 20 per cent commission of the currency used to each gang member, while the remaining amount was deposited in a bank account in West Bengal.