Crime branch video records accused preparing fake currencies

Nagpur: The crime branch sleuths on Saturday video recorded the manner in which the racketeers, now in police custody till August 23, prepared the fake Aadhaar cards and currency notes for distribution in several districts, including Hingoli, in the last couple of months. The video recording will be used as an evidence against them for preparing fake currency notes and Aadhaar cards.

Two more persons involved in the racket, apart from the five already in custody, are now under radar of the crime branch for playing the role of suppliers who took the fake notes to Hingoli. The five accused have been identified as Mohd Ikrar, Mohd Zeeshan, Abdul Rajik, Ashish Sathe and Shoaib Khan. Sathe helped his accomplices in editing the Aadhaar cards.

The racketeers, who operated from Awasthi Nagar chowk-based mobile shop owned by Ikrar, were nabbed on August 17. Hingoli police got whiff of the racket after they seized fake currency worth Rs90,000 from two persons at Mominpura. The racketeers, including Ikrar, earlier worked as auto-dealers, police said.

Ikrar and his gang have already admitted their involvement in supplying the fake currency notes to Hingoli but refused to divulge more before the cops.

A senior officer said the fake currencies prepared by the racketeers appear to be almost similar to that of the original ones. “The gang has been using various types of papers to bring almost similar feel of the fake notes,” the officer said.

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