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Fake note seizure raises alarm

Patna, July 7: A 34-year-old man was arrested in the capital today and counterfeit currency notes with a face value of Rs 2 lakh were found on him.

Patna senior superintendent of police (SSP) Amrit Raj said: “A special police team nabbed Praveen Kumar, a resident of Hirmani village under Chauradano police station of Motihari, in the Patliputra roundabout area while he was allegedly searching for prospective customers.”

All the notes were of Rs 1,000 denomination and finely printed. Sources said except for slight difference in the silver strip, the counterfeit notes did not have much difference from the original ones.

During interrogation, the sources said, Praveen revealed that fake currency notes with face value of more than Rs 10 lakh were in circulation in the state. However, police suspect the actual figure to be much higher. The accused said members of his racket operated in different cities of Bihar, Maharashtra and other states, circulating fake currency sourced from Nepal.

“The man said he had come to Patna from Parsauli village in Motihari. He said fake currency worth over Rs 10 lakh has been circulated in Bihar. But the police suspect the amount to be much higher. Praveen had planned to sell the fake currency, sourced through the porous India-Nepal border, at Rs 1 lakh or Rs 3 lakh to interested buyers,” the SSP said.

Raj refused to disclose the identities of Praveen’s two accomplices in the state for the sake of investigations. “Praveen has revealed that the kingpin operates from Nepal. He would be questioned further. The racket is spread across India. The quality of printing is fine and indistinguishable to the naked eye, implying that the gang is well-equipped,” Raj said.

At Raxaul’s Pantoka border outpost, Mohammad Taufik Ansari, a Nepalese, was arrested with fake currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 with the face value of Rs 52,000.