NIA likely to quiz accused in fake note printing case

Police suspect accused have links with rackets outside State

The three accused in the Balussery fake note printing case are likely to be quizzed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) owing to their suspected links with rackets operating outside the State.

The police said the three — Rajesh Kumar, Wilbert, and Vysakh — would be taken to Chennai and Coimbatore where the trio allegedly established links with anonymous sources to purchase raw materials and accessories for printing fake currency notes.

The Balussery police arrested them on December 4. The gang had reportedly used imported papers and machines for forging currency notes. A rented house at Balussery was the printing centre, which was identified by the police with the help of secret informers.

Soon after the arrest, the case was referred to the Thamarassery Deputy Superintendent of Police for detailed investigation. When the official was deputed for Sabarimala duty, the case was then temporarily taken over by another DySP currently heading the District Crime Records Bureau (Kozhikode Rural).

Police sources said the case would be investigated further by various agencies involved in busting fake currency circulation gangs.

Police receive tip-off

In the preliminary investigation, the police had found that they printed only notes of ₹500 and ₹2,000. The police managed to track them fast after they received a tip-off. An officer who was earlier part of the investigation team said they located the fake note printing location after a three-day search. They had adopted a new method for printing currencies, he added.

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