Counterfeit coins seized in Delhi, two arrested

Delhi Police has seized 41,600 counterfeit coins with a face value of Rs 10 each from two youths who are allegedly linked to a Nepal-based gang supplying fake metal currency through big food joints across the country.

Last Updated: Aug 10, 2010, 17:58 PM IST

New Delhi: In a major haul, Delhi Police has
seized 41,600 counterfeit coins with a face value of Rs 10
each from two youths who are allegedly linked to a Nepal-based
gang supplying fake metal currency through big food joints
across the country.

The gang allegedly minted counterfeit coins in Nepal and
supplied it here through big food joints in Delhi, Gurgaon and
other metropolitan cities of the country, Deputy Commissioner
of Police (South) H G S Dhaliwal said today.

The gang also used a car with a police sticker to travel
and sell the counterfeit coins, he said.

"These counterfeit coins were smuggled into the country
through the border near East Champaran on tongas. Once the
consignment crossed the border, the coins concealed in wooden
boxes were either shifted to trucks which transport vegetables
and fruits or to Samparak Kranti Express.

"The gang allegedly used the guard room of the train to
transport it," Dhaliwal said.

The gang was busted yesterday when Sudhir Kumar (36),
residing in west Delhi`s Uttam Nagar, and Daleep Kumar (29),
hailing from Bihar`s Madhubani and presently putting up in
Uttam Nagar, were arrested from Mehar Chand Market in south
Delhi.

41,600 counterfeit coins of Rs 10 denomination and a car
with a police sticker used in transportation of these coins
have been seized.

The arrests came following investigations into inputs
about circulation of fake coins in the capital near shops and
food joints where small coins are required in abundance. Some
traders also made complaints about the quality of coins
received and suspected the same to be fake.

"Sudhir and Daleep were apprehended when they came to
exchange the coins with a decoy customer we sent. Three
packets of counterfeited Indian coins with a face value of Rs
1.16 lakh were recovered from their possession while the rest
were recovered from the vehicle," Dhaliwal said.

The duo told police that they were part of a major
international gang involved in minting counterfeit Indian
coins of Rs 10 denomination in Nepal and further supplying it
in various states and cities through popular chains.

"The gang consisted of around 8-10 members including some
Nepali nationals. Sudhir and other members of the gang would
stay in a hotel in Janakpur in Nepal where a Nepali national
`Daai` would deliver the counterfeited coins," Dhaliwal said.

A Nepali has got a local mint near Veerganj and supplies
all the fake counterfeit coins to his Indian associates
Sudhir, Joshi, Amit, Jassi, Sanjay and Raj.

PTI