Fake Notes, Meghalaya cops nabs a lady, arrest rises to three

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Shillong, Feb 1 (UNI) With circulation of counterfeit notes becoming a menace in Meghalaya, Meghalaya police today arrested a woman involved in the fake currency racket.

With today's arrest, the number of persons allegedly involved in the racket rose to three.

East Khasi Hills District Superintendent of Police A R Mawthoh said the woman, whose identity was yet to be revealed, was arrested from the city for her alleged involvement in circulating fake notes.

However, the state police refused to reveal the identity of the arrested involved in the counterfeit notes racket, stating that it might hamper the ongoing investigation.

'' We have got vital leads that cannot be disclosed. We are on for further look-out of persons involved and our disclosure will make the heads of some to roll, '' Mr Mawthoh said.

A couple of days ago, Meghalaya police arrested two persons and claimed to have busted a major fake currency racket and said more persons, including "high profile politicians" of the state, were involved.

Police had seized fake notes worth Rs one lakh, reams of carbon copies of fake denomination notes, Bank accounts and a branded vehicle from the arrested.

Central intelligence agencies had tipped off the state police that counterfeit currency in 500 and 1,000 denominations, worth about Rs eight crore, had already been pumped into the state for use by vested interests during the election campaign.

Intelligence sources also said the counterfeit currency racket could be part of a conspiracy by Pakistan-based ISI to disrupt the Assembly elections.

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