Pune rural police have busted a racket which had a unique modus operandi for cheating people. The tricksters used to promise people triple the amount in counterfeit currency of the money paid. The extent of fraud did not end here. What they actually used to hand over in return were not even counterfeit currency notes, but dummy notes used in games and at times even blank pieces of paper bundled with real currency at the top.
Dehu Road police have arrested one member from the gang and have launched a hunt for four others. The arrest was made after a trap was laid on Monday evening. The accused has been remanded to police custody. Police are also probing the possible involvement of a cop in the racket.
Police received information about the racket from a doctor named Santosh Pol, who is originally from Satara. Police said that a few days ago, a friend of Pol had met a person who promised to give triple the paid amount in counterfeit currency. Pol and his friends asked the suspects for more such notes and decided a place of meeting near a Gurudwara in Dehu Road. Pol then contacted Dehu Road police.
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Assistant inspector Jyoti Patil, who is investigating the case, said, “We laid a trap based on the information received. We arrested one suspect who was carrying the bundles. We have information about four more suspects and search for them is on.”
Patil added, “From the bundles seized, we have found real currency notes of Rs 3,000. A large number of others are dummy notes used in games. Many others are just blank pieces of paper. They had bundled it to give the appearance of bundles of real notes. We are now investigating as to how they used to approach people and how many have been cheated this way.”
When asked about suspected involvement of a policeman in the racket, inspector Amarnath Waghmode, in-charge of Dehu Road police station, said, “We are probing all possible angles in this case.”