The Anantapur police on Sunday unravelled a fake note racket, which was mistakenly registered as a case of dacoity.

Speaking to The Hindu , Anantapur Superintendent of Police Syam Sundar said that a person named Ramachandra had approached the Puttaparthy rural police saying a few people had looted him of Rs. 2.5 lakh on July 26.

However, the police registered an FIR on the next day apparently under the assumption that the case was that of dacoity.

“I decided to visit the station myself as cases of dacoity are considered serious besides the fact that the person who had lodged the complaint had said that he was looted in Puttaparthy, where he had gone to buy buttons,” said Mr. Syam Sundar even as he added that buying buttons worth Rs 2.5 lakh seemed quite suspicious.

As the enquiry started, and the accused were identified and apprehended, the case turned into one of fake note transactions with the complainant himself having come to the district to exchange real money for twice the amount of fake notes.

Meanwhile, Mr. Syam Sundar said that the additional Superintendent of Police was made in - charge of the investigation given that a fake note case often involved matters of national security.

All those found guilty will be dealt with as per law, he added.

The complainant himself had come to the district to exchange real money for twice the amount of fake notes