The Task Force sleuths arrested a seven-member gang that was allegedly involved in doubling currency crime in the city.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) M. Ravindranath Babu said that the team was functioning from Palakole in West Godavari district. The police recovered six cell phones, 10 injection bottles filled with chemicals, a bundle of white sheets cut to the size of currency notes, cash worth Rs.1,500 from their possession.

The accused include Ch. Satyanarayana, 44, (a resident of Palkole in West Godavari), K. Saibabu, 52, (Ganapavaram), T.Appa Rao, 45, (Ganapavaram), B. Kishore Babu, 31, (Palkole), K. Anjaneyulu, 54, (Palkole), G. Paidiraju, 47, (Patamata in Vijayawada) and B. Satti Babu, 35, (Labbipeta, Vijayawada).

The gang modus operandi includes luring the gullible with the offer of three counterfeit currency notes for every original Rs.100 note. They apparently cover the bundle with a few original notes to win the victim's confidence. While the victims take a close look at the notes, they hurry them saying that the police are approaching and then make away with the original cash.

In some other cases, they apply iodine and other chemicals to white paper and tell the victims that they can make currency notes by washing the white notes provided by them. To prove their case, they reportedly wash original notes smeared with iodine and other chemicals, he said.

Two held

The police arrested two persons who were allegedly involved in house-breakings in the city.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) M. Ravindranath Babu said that the duo involved in 14 house-breaking cases registered in the city and West Godavari district. The police recovered property worth Rs.16.50 lakh, including 561 grams of gold ornaments, one kg silver, and cash in Rs.90,000 from their possession. The accused were K. Srinivas, 35, a resident of B.C. Colony in Tenali, and G. Jagadish Kumar alias Jagadish, 34, a native of Nagayalanka, and presently residing at Kukatpalli in Hyderabad. They were found to be involved in four cases in One Town, one each in Krishnalanka and Patamata, two in Penamaluru, and three each in Two Town in the city and Palkol police station in West Godavari.