Tinsukia: The police on Monday seized fake Indian currency notes amounting to over Rs 26 lakh and arrested three persons, including a woman, from Chabua in Assam‘s Dibrugarh district.

The accused have been identified as Swarnlata Chakraborty, a resident of Tinsukia; Utpal Saikia, a resident of Bordumsa in Tinsukia district; and Bipul Gohain, a resident of Khowang in Dibrugarh.

Speaking with EastMojo, Chabua police station officer-in-charge Tulumoni Dwora said: “Based on specific inputs, we intercepted a bus and a motorcycle coming from Tinsukia and recovered fake Indian currency notes amounting to Rs 2.34 lakh in the denomination of Rs 200 and Rs 500 from the possession of three persons.”

“The trio were on the way to deliver the notes ahead of the festive season,” the official added.

The motorcycle used by the accused has been seized by the police.

The fake Indian currency notes seized by the police in Assam’s Dibrugarh district

“On interrogation, the accused led us to a rented house in Moran where we recovered more fake Indian currency notes in the denomination of Rs 500, totalling around Rs 24 lakh,” Dwara said, adding: “During the raid, we seized a printing machine and other materials used for printing of FICN (fake Indian currency notes).”

The accomplice of mastermind Gohain, who stayed with him in this rented house, is absconding. “We have launched a manhunt to arrest the culprit,” Dwara said.

Incidentally, Gohain was arrested in another fake Indian currency note case in Doomdooma in 2012.

“We have registered a case under relevant sections of the India Penal Code (IPC) and are investigating the case,” he added.

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