New Delhi: Delhi Police today claimed to have unearthed a unit where fake Indian currency was being printed and arrested three persons who allegedly used to circulate it through auto drivers and shopkeepers.
The arrested have been identified as Omprakash (40), Sanni (22) and Rohit (21), Arun Kampani, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell), said.
"They were arrested from Bhajanpura on Saturday on a tip off and we have recovered fake currency with a face value of Rs 20,500/ from them apart from printer and unfinished fake currency notes," he said.
Omparkash was arrested along with Rohit and Sanni when he came to meet them to deliver fake notes.
A raid was conducted at the house of Omparkash from where material and other equipment for printing fake currency were seized.
During interrogation, Kampani said that Omparkash told police that he had been cheated by one Shiv Kumar, a resident of UP`s Etah a few months back who was also a supplier of fake Indian currency notes.
"It is from him that he learnt the process of minting fake Indian currency notes and circulating them in the market," he said.
"They also told us that they were into printing notes of Rs 50 and Rs 100 denominations only as they bigger denomination notes were generally checked by shop keepers and banks during transactions," he said.
Asked how they used to circulate the fake notes, he said that Omprakash`s associates will travel at night in autos for short distances and would use these fake Indian currency notes and get the remaining amount of actual currency notes.
"For the last three months they have minted more than Rs three lakh and circulated in the market especially at night time," he said.