Fake currency seized, 2 held

The Surathkal police have arrested two persons and seized counterfeit notes ‘worth’ Rs 92,500, at Katipalla 1st Block in Surathkal police station limits.

Speaking to mediapersons here on Monday, City Police R Commissioner R Hithendra said that the arrested are Sushanth Mandal (20), and Sharath Mandal (19), a resident of Malda district in West Bengal. Eighty one counterfeit notes of Rs 1000 denomination and 23 counterfeit notes of Rs 500 denomination were seized. The police have also seized  cash of Rs 40,420 including currencies of Rs 500, Rs 100, Rs 50, Rs 50 and Rs 10 denomination.

The serial numbers of fake notes include 5 GR, 8 GQ (for face value of Rs 1,000), 6 A R, 1 C G, 5 K F, 5 T C, 4 G C, 3 U P, 2 C H, I A P, 1 T N, 9 H R, I E Q, 4 K M, 1 N E, 7 D D, 3 D V, 4 M W, 9 F C, 3 T E and 2 F R ( for face value of Rs 500). The City Police Commissioner has appealed to the public that if they come across these serial numbers in currency, then they should inform the nearest police station. The City Police Commissioner said that the note were detected by a shopkeeper at Muda complex in Surathkal, after the culprit purchased soft drinks from the shop. The shopkeeper grew suspicion on seeing a note with a face value of Rs 1,000 and informed the police.  The police who visited the spot and arrested Sushanth Mandal.  During interrogation, he said that  there are counterfeit notes in his room and the police arrested the other accused. During the interrogation, the duo had informed the police that they had collected the currencies from one Salim from Malda. In the pretext of purchasing goods worth Rs 50, Rs 100 and Rs 150, the duo were circulating the counterfeit notes. It was said that they had plans to circulate the counterfeit notes in all the shops of Surathkal.

The City Police Commissioner said that the accused have already circulated around Rs one lakh.  “We are probing into their involvement in circulation of counterfeit currencies in other districts of Karnataka,” he added.

Moral policing

To a query on increase in themoral policing incidents, the City Police Commissioner said that police have been directed to initiate strict action against the culprits. If there was no immoral activities on the spot where moral policing incident took place, then the police will give protection to the victims.

On Yasin Bhatkal

To another query on IM leader Yasin Bhatkal, he said that there was one charge sheet filed against him in Mangalore City Police Commissionerate limits. The charge sheet is related to arrest of four persons in connection with terror link in Ullal, way back in 2008. “The NIA has shown keen interest in probing the incident. Hence, we have moved the papers to the police headquarters to transfer the case to the NIA. It would be better if one agency probes into it,” he said. 

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