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In net for fake currency

Sambalpur, Feb. 24: Sambalpur police today arrested one person and recovered counterfeit notes worth Rs 1.10 lakh from him.

The accused was identified as Azhar Saikh, 22.

Police said 181 notes of Rs 500 denomination and 20 notes of Rs 1,000 were seized from him.

“Azhar was nabbed by the police when he was trying to buy soaps with a fake Rs 500 note from a grocery shop near Fatak area under Ainthapali police limits on Saturday evening. The owner of the shop, Pradeep Saha, found the note to be a counterfeit one and informed the police,” said sub-divisional police officer of Sambalpur P.K. Mohapatra.

“During interrogation, Azhar said he was resident of Sahebganz district of Jharkhand. He also revealed about the involvement of another person, Ataur Seikh, in the racket. However, the police are yet to arrest Ataur. They were bringing in fake notes from Jharkhand,” Mohapatra said.

“Azhar said they were staying at a hotel in Jharsuguda. A police team raided the hotel and and seized 180 fake Rs 500 rupees notes and 20 fake Rs 1,000 rupee notes. The police also seized a huge quantity of soaps from the room,” said Mohapatra.

The police suspect that they have circulated these fake currencies in some areas of Jharsuguda.

“Investigation is on and we are yet to verify the address of Azhar. After proper verification, we will approach Jharkhand police about the racket,” he said.