ITANAGAR: The capital police arrested one Ashudin Islam (24) with fake Indian currency amounting to Rs 20 lakh from Banderdewa near here on Tuesday.
Accordingly, a case at Banderdewa police station was registered with case number 30/2021 U/s 489b, 489c and 120b IPC. The case is related to fake currency.
Speaking to media persons, Capital SP Jimmy Chiram said that the police had received information from a NGO (Indigenous Movement against Corruption and Reformation) on the fake currency being circulated at Banderdewa on October 22. He said, subsequently a team of Banderdewa police along with the NGO volunteers, under close supervision of SDPO Naharlagun, Dekio Gumja arrested Ashudin Islam and recovered 40 bundles of fake Indian currency notes of denomination Rs 500 having face value of Rs 20 lakh from his possession. The seizure has been made in presence of independent witnesses, he added.
"The accused was arrested when he arrived at Banderdewa along with one Rashidul Islam and Ramzan Ali to hand over the fake currency to a lady in exchange of Rs 6 lakh original currency," he said. Though, Ashudin Islam was arrested on the spot, the other two managed to escape, he added. Chiram said that the modus operandi of the crime is to contact people through social media and lure them to get double, even triple the money for any amount.
"People are given Rs 3 lakh fake notes for Rs 1 lakh original currency. During investigation it was also revealed that pictures and videos of fake currency printing were being shared," he said, adding that the person is even invited to inspect the fake note printing machines. He said that during the inspection at the printing press, the person is given a real note at first to convince him. When customers are fully convinced, they are cheated with fake currency notes.
Chiram also informed that few other names have come out during the investigation and the police are working to arrest them. However, he denied disclosing the names. He appealed to the public to inform the police if any such calls or messages are being shared to anyone.
Earlier, Chiram also informed that capital police also apprehended Habijul and Ikramul, both habitual offenders, in connection with two-wheeler theft case and recovered eight stolen bikes from Bihpuria police station area, Assam. However, one of the accused, Mafidul Islam managed to flee and police were making efforts to arrest him as soon as possible. He said that eight stolen bikes were recovered along with fake seals, fake registration certificates, and number plates.