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Drug peddler from Hinjewadi arrested in fake Indian currency racket: Police

During the course of the investigation, police recovered FICN amounting to Rs 2,00,150, 6.165 kg of marijuana worth Rs 1,54,125 and cash amounting to Rs 9 lakh.

By: Express News Service | Pune |
Updated: February 3, 2021 8:03:02 pm

Pimpri-Chinchwad Police have arrested an alleged drug peddler hailing from West Bengal, who was reportedly found in the possession of fake Indian currency notes (FICN) amounting to Rs 2 lakh and marijuana worth Rs 1.54 lakh.

The accused has been identified as Sanjay alias Bhola Vishwanath Roy (50), a resident of Hinjewadi. Police Sub-Inspector Prasanna Jarhad from the Crime Branch of Pimpri-Chinchwad Police has lodged a first information report (FIR) in this regard at Hinjewadi police station. Roy has been booked under section 489 (a) of the Indian Penal Code and relevant sections of the Narcotics, Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.

Police said that Roy was arrested from Bodkewadi area in Hinjewadi around 3.20 pm on Tuesday. During the course of the investigation, police recovered FICN amounting to Rs 2,00,150, 6.165 kg of marijuana worth Rs 1,54,125 and cash amounting to Rs 9 lakh. Police have also seized a two-wheeler worth Rs 50,000 from the accused.

Police said that Roy was carrying FICN in the denominations of Rs 2000, Rs 500, Rs 200, Rs 100 and Rs 50. Senior Police Inspector Balaji Sontakke said, “So far, probe has revealed that the accused got the FICN from an operative in Malda district in West Bengal. He was earlier arrested in connection with a narcotics case. He is a native of West Bengal, but has residing here for about 15 years. Further investigation to identify and arrest the persons who gave FICN to Roy is on.”

According to police, Malda in West Bengal is known for FICN rackets.

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