JAMMU, Feb 18: Jammu Police today busted a racket of fake currency by arresting two accused involved in circulation of fake currency of nine denomination notes of 2000 and 500. Police have recovered Rs 3.9 lakh worth fake currency from their possession.
Addressing his maiden press conference, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Shiv Darshan Singh Jamwal, accompanied by DIG Jammu-Samba-Kathua range Ashkoor Wani and SSP Police Control Room, Ashok Sharma, said police have arrested two accused involved in the racket of circulating fake currency of new denomination notes in Jammu and recovered Rs 3.9 lakh from their possession.
He identified the arrested accused as Amandeep Singh alias Aman son of Kirpal Singh R/o Simbal Morh, Basti Govindpura, Miran Sahib and Ramesh Kumar alias Sahil alias Doctor son of Bhajan Lal R/o Chak Bala, presently putting up in Gangyal.
Out of total Rs 3.9 lakh fake currency seized by police, 178 notes were in the denomination of 2000 while 68 notes were in the denomination of 500. Police have seized a total of 246 fake notes, Jamwal, who had only this week taken over as the new Jammu police chief, said.
Initially, Miran Sahib police, raided the house of Amandeep Singh and arrested him following very specific and credible inputs that he was engaged in using counterfeit currency notes. A color printer, copier and scanner used by him in printing the notes were recovered from his residence. The fake currency notes worth Rs 3.9 lakh were also recovered from his house.
Preliminary investigations conducted by police revealed that Aman was kingpin of counterfeit currency racket and used to get Rs 30,000 for one lakh fake notes prepared by him from some of his closed associates.
During question, Aman disclosed names of his associates and one of them, Ramesh Kumar alias Sahil was arrested along with two counterfeit currency notes in the denomination of 2000.
As per the investigation, the fake currency has not reached the market as they were only printing it when the arrests were made, the IGP said.
Their aim was to hit the economy of Jammu and Kashmir and the country, he said adding that the militant infrastructure is in place across the border and police and security forces are jointly working to ensure alertness and effective security set up in the hinterland and along the border in the State.
“Pakistan is always trying to smuggle in drugs into Jammu and Kashmir as it is the border point but the security agency are active and alert to foil their designs,” he said adding “I appeal to the youth to avoid use of drugs and foil the designs of Pakistan”.
Miran Sahib police have registered a First Information Report No. 32/2017 under Section 489/C/489/D RPC for further investigations in the case. Some more arrests and recoveries were expected during the investigations.