Counterfeit notes worth Rs 5 lakh seized in Airoli

Two people were held for the possession of the fake currency after the Crime Branch got a tip-off about them

Two people were arrested yesterday for the possession of counterfeit currency, worth Rs 5 lakh, in Navi Mumbai. They were in the city to mix the fake currency with the original.

Keeping the festive season in mind, the duo were going to circulate the currency in crowded market areas, as they felt shopkeepers wouldn’t pay much attention to the notes. The accused, identified as Ali Ahmad Jibril Ahmad Sha (35) and Arif Bar Sai (32), were arrested from Airoli after the Crime Branch officials got a tip-off about their arrival.

Senior police inspector Venkat Patil from Crime Branch Unit 7 said, “Immediately after we got the information, a team consisting of police inspector Sanjay Surve, APIs Santosh Sawant, Anil Dhole, Sapna Kshirsagar, Vijay Kadam, Rajendra Karankot and constables Sudhir Shinde and Sunil Dixit were dispatched to the spot.

In a while the two arrived in a Chevrolet.” The officer added, “The two got off the car. The indications of our informers at the spot then confirmed that Sha and Sai were the ones with counterfeit currency in their possession.”

The cops have seized 400 notes of Rs 1,000 denomination and 200 notes of Rs 500 denomination, and confiscated the car used by the two accused. “We believe that the vehicle used by the two accused is either stolen or the number plate has been changed. We are trying to get information from them on how they got the counterfeit currency.”

The two have been booked under Sections 489 (A) (counterfeiting currency-notes or bank-notes) (B) (using as genuine, forged or counterfeit currency-notes or bank-notes), (C) (Possession of forged or counterfeit currency-notes or bank notes) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance) of the Indian Penal Code while they have been remanded in police custody.

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