NIA grills accused in fake currency note racket
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Last Updated: Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 15:52
  
Puducherry: Investigation in the fake currency note racket has gained momentum with an inspector of the National Investigation Agency interrogating a man arrested on charges of circulating fake Indian currency notes here.

The NIA police official from Hyderabad interrogated Mohammed Ismail, hailing from Jharkhand, at Orleanpet police station for four hours from 10 pm yesterday, Superintendent of Police (CID-wing) Ravindran said on Wednesday.

A four-member police team from Puducherry would leave for Jharkhand in a day or two to trace the four accomplices of Ismail and to collect other details related to the crime.

One of the absconding accused Jamedhar Sheik has been traced to Jharkhand, police said.

Ismail was arrested on January 19 on a tip-off by a fruit stall owner.

Police said Ismail gave a Rs 1,000 note for the fruits purchased by him but the shop owner became suspicious of its genuineness and informed police, which seized counterfeit notes in Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denomination from his possession.

Police had sought help of the National Investigation Agency to question Ismail as they suspect a "big conspiracy" with international ramifications.

Fake notes with face value of Rs 2 lakh had been seized from a lodge where the gang had been staying in Puducherry.

A local court had sent Ismail to five-day police custody on January 23.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 15:52


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