Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: Four men, including a Nepalese national, have been arrested by the Special Staff of the West Delhi police for allegedly running an international counterfeit currency racket. The police claim to have seized from them about Rs.4 lakh in fake notes of Rs.500 and Rs.1,000 denominations. Inspector Rajkumar of the Special Staff received a tip-off recently that Mohammad Murtaza, who was earlier arrested in a fake currency case, had again formed a gang and was circulating fake notes. The police learnt that Murtaza would come to Shivaji Palace in Rajouri Garden on October 14 to deliver a consignment to a client. A trap was laid . The police arrested him and allegedly seized Rs.2 lakh in fake notes from him.

During interrogation, the accused revealed that about two years ago, he came in contact with Imtiaz, a resident of Kolkata, who started supplying fake notes to him. In January, Murtaza was arrested in Najafgarh here after Rs.65,000 in fake currency was allegedly seized from him. He then came in contact with Mohammad Shamim, a Nepalese resident, who also supplied fake notes.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (West Delhi) Sharad Agarwal said Murtaza roped in his uncle Sohaib Ali and money-lender Dilawar Singh to circulate fake notes.