Four men allegedly circulating counterfeit currency notes have been arrested by the Crime Branch of the Delhi police. Over Rs.10 lakh in fake notes smuggled in through the Indo-Bangladesh border were purportedly seized from them.

The police received information that fake currency was being smuggled into the Capital via West Bengal. Investigations led them to one Waseem, who had allegedly been dealing in counterfeit currency.

Subsequently a Crime Branch team under the supervision of ACP Rajender Bakshi mounted surveillance on Waseem and his accomplices. Acting on a tip-off that they would come near Kamal Cinema in Safdarjung Enclave looking for a client on Sunday, the police sent a decoy to strike a deal.

Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch) Neeraj Thakur said soon after the deal was struck, the police arrested the four accused and seized the “high quality” fake notes in Rs.500 and Rs.1,000 denominations. They were identified as Waseem, Mazibur Rehman, Rohit Yadav and Vipin Khari.

During interrogation, Waseem purportedly disclosed that he was from Bihar and headed the gang. Mazibur allegedly has an organised network of fake currency peddlers in his hometown Malda in West Bengal. Rohit and Vipin, both from U.P., had joined the gang recently and their job was to transport the consignments from the Indo-Bangladesh border to Delhi, the police said.

According to the police, Mazibur had come to Delhi for the first time to expand his network and find more clients. Waseem purportedly disclosed that he was earlier arrested twice on similar charges.

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