Police search for one more person

M. Mohanraj (45) has been arrested for his alleged involvement in circulating counterfeit currency notes in Tuticorin, Deputy Superintendent of Police (Rural) B. Narayanan said here on Wednesday.

Ninety-five counterfeit notes of Rs.500 denomination – Rs.47,500 in face value – were seized from him. Fake currency notes to the tune of Rs.17,500 in face value was initially seized from him near a shop at Postal and Telegraph Colony here on Tuesday after a shopkeeper informed the police. The fake notes were seized from his bike pouch and the bike was seized. However, Mohanraj fled the scene.

Based on a complaint lodged by the shopkeeper, V. Sakthikumar (30) of Ashok Nagar, with the SIPCOT police, a case was filed under Section 489 (B) of the Indian Penal Code.

Later, police traced Mohanraj to his hideout at Aiyanadaipu. Fake currency notes to the tune of Rs.30,000 stashed in the house were also seized. The DSP said verification of registration certificate book of the seized vehicle led to the arrest. Investigations revealed that Mohanraj was an agent involved in passing such counterfeit notes obtained from Lakshmanan, who is based in Sivakasi and a key operative in the circulation.

The police have launched a manhunt to arrest him. Mohanraj, a resident of Suyambulinga Swamy Koil Street, Pandaravilai, was also accused of murdering a woman in 2002 and a case had been filed by the Eral police in this regard. Besides, the Tuticorin South police had filed a theft case against him, Mr.Narayanan said.