In a major fake currency haul which reportedly has international ramifications, the Bangalore police on Monday arrested a nine-member gang with alleged ISI links, and confiscated fake currency with a face value of Rs. 40 lakh along with foreign made weapons, including three sten guns and six pistols, besides 60 live cartridges.
Terming it as a “major crackdown”, City Police Commissioner Jyotiprakash Mirji said that the gang was nabbed while they were staying in a hotel in S.R. Nagar waiting for their contacts to handover the consignment.
The accused have been identified as Rehman (32), Jeevan Prameeth (26), Santhu Singh (21), Ranjith (26), Pradeep (28), Wasith (26), Sambha Shiva (35), Mohan (34) and Babu (34). Among them the accused Babu, who hails from the city, is the link between the gang members and the anti-social elements, the police said.
The gang, which has a wider network, was circulating fake currency in the State and neighbouring Tamil Nadu, Mr. Mirji said adding that the police are trying to track down the roots of the network.
Initial investigations revealed that the gang used to get the consignment from Indo-Bangla border, smuggled through railway and road into the city. The accused have confessed that the weapons were being brought and supplied to city based rowdies and anti-social elements.