The city police have arrested two persons in Bommanakatte locality on the charge of attempting to sell counterfeit gold coins.
The arrested have been identified as Arun, a resident of Alakanal village in Channagiri taluk, and Prashanth, a resident of Thimmapura village in Sorab taluk.
According to the police, the arrested had told Bengaluru residents Srinivas and Mahadev that they were planning to sell a pitcher full of gold coins they had found while digging up agricultural land. They said that the weight of the coins was 500 grams and had asked Mahadev and Srinivas to purchase the coins for Rs 7.50 lakh.
Mr. Mahadev immediately alerted the police.
The police, under the guise of purchasing gold coins, set up a meeting with the accused on the phone and asked them to come to a deserted spot near Bommanakatte locality where they were nabbed. The fake coins were also seized.