Police intends to apply UAP on accused in fake currency case
The Mumbai crime branch intends to apply the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act against the seven accused arrested for their alleged involvement in the fake currency totalling Rs 4.02 lakh.
The notes were smuggled into the city from Malda District in West Bengal, the crime branch sources said.
The police said the seized currency notes are of high-quality, due to which the harsher law of UAPA can be applied.
The accused are identified as Sanjay Sood (47), Rajesh Yadav (25), Mohammad Khan (32) and Rohit Kumar Verma (19), Jaydeep Yadav (19), Mohammad Faran Khan (20) and Babu Kale (37), who were distributing the counterfeit notes since the past six months in several parts of Maharashtra.
During the interrogation, police learnt that the accused were getting a meagre Rs 75 as commission on every fake note of Rs 1,000.
The accused distributed around Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000 of the fake currency everyday, which was done by purchasing any cheap item of Rs 150 to Rs 200 from roadside vendors, using the fake Rs 1,000 notes. Subsequently, the accused used to get Rs 800 to Rs 850 as genuine money, which was handed over to the person who had given them the fake currency, after deducting Rs 75 as commission, police said.
The sleuths from the Unit 4 investigation wing of the crime branch on a tip-off laid a trap and arrested Sood, Yadav, Khan and Verma from the Kokri Depot in Antop Hill and recovered more than Rs 3.50 lakh counterfeit notes from them.
Later, Mohammad and Kale were arrested in Dharavi, and nearly Rs 25,000 fake currency were recovered from them, said police sources.
All the accused were booked under relevant sections of IPC.
(Posted on 29-04-2014)