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Major fake currency racket busted

By Our Staff Reporter

Guwahati, June 20: In a major breakthrough, Meghalaya police today seized a huge stash of “fake currency notes” from four persons, including a lady from Philangkata on the Assam-Meghalaya border today.

A special team of Meghalaya police conducted a sting operation at around 3.30 pm, striking a deal with the racketeers. The four accused and the seized notes were later taken to Ri Bhoi police station.

The accused have been identified as Sheela Marbaniang of Lawsotom, Jafferson Laking of Nongthymmai, Nirbhay Rabha of Kamrup and Samsul Ali of North Kamrup.

A senior Meghalaya police official confirmed that the notes were fake.

“We have seized eight mobile phones, one Mahindra SUV (AS 01 BR 0027), a WagonR (AS01 BP 8346), one green lamited paper of 19 cm length, a bottle of greenish-blue liquid solution and bundles of fake notes,” Meghalaya Police spokesman GHP Raju said.

The notes were stacked in a sack and a carton. The face value of the fake currencies could be to the tune of several crores. Acting on specific input, the Meghalaya police had been following the accused since a couple of days.

This is one of the largest fake currency seizures in the region in recent times.

Sources said the accused could be part of a big cross-border fake currency racket having links in Bangladesh and Pakistan.

“We are in the process of making the seizures. The accused are being interrogated. We cannot divulge anything more at this stage,” the senior official said.