Railway police in Surat on Wednesday arrested a Pakistani national and seized 100 counterfeit currency resembling the now-defunct Rs 500 bills, besides three USD 100 notes, authenticity of which is yet to be verified.
The accused, identifed as Burhanuddin Sajjad (25), claimed that he was carrying USD 600 and had bought the fake notes from a person in Amritsar after paying USD300.
Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel seized the counterfeit currency from Sajjad’s bag when they were checking baggages of passengers at the Surat railway station. They also recovered a Pakistani passport from one of his socks.
The RPF personnel later handed over the custody of Sajjad to the Government Railway Police (GRP), who booked him under IPC Section 489 (B) (selling or purchasing fake currency notes).
During interrogation, the accused allegedly disclosed that he on December 12 landed in Amritsar, from where he bought the fake notes from a person. He then boarded Golden Temple Mail to Mumbai, but got down in Surat to board another train to the metropolis, said GRP sub-inspector Mehmud Malek.
“We are trying to find out more details from him to know from whom he had purchased the fake notes… He was likely to go to Mumbai to meet a relative.. We have recovered the passport of Sajjad and found that he had got one year visa to stay in India. We are trying to find out for what purpose, he had purchase the fake currency notes.”