The Gujarat police seized Rs 26.18 lakh fake currency notes on Wednesday. Local Crime Branch in Jamnagar got a tip-off that an autorickshaw driver Altaf Pinjara who frequently made purchases revealed that he had started paying for even small purchases with Rs 500 notes. Police then arrested Altaf. At the time of his arrest the police also seized Rs 62,500 worth of fake notes. Based on this evidence, Jamnagar LCB inspector G A Sarvaiya registered a complaint against Altaf and raided his home. The cops found four persons there – Rahim Pinjara, Shoeb Balim, Salim Subhaniya and Asif Makrani. Similar another consignment of fake notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denominations were seized from Altaf’s four friends.
While interrogating the five accused realised that Shoeb was key person in the fake note racket. Shoeb told police that he used to collect fake notes from Salma Sindhi, who now stays in Wankaner. Salma, according to the police, is a native of West Bengal and pays frequent trips to the eastern state.
While investigating the entire racket the Pakistan and Bangladesh connection came out in the light.