Actor held for smuggling fake currency

The Mumbai Police Crime Branch recently picked up a small-time Bengali actor Babloo Khurshed Shaikh (28) from Malda, West Bengal for allegedly smuggling counterfeit currency from Bangladesh.

Officials said Shaikh, part of a bigger racket, has confessed of having routinely exchanged counterfeits in malls in Mumbai and Bangalore over a period of two years.

According to officials, he was shuttling between West Bengal and Panvel in New Mumbai for a few months and stocking fake currency.

"It was a nice cover as nobody would suspect an actor to be involved in such transactions," said an officer. Shaikh has a role in a Bengali film Apon Holo Por and was currently shooting for another Bengali film Teen Khoka.

The team has recovered fake currency of the face value of Rs 25,000 from Shaikh 's house in Panvel, which he was expected to circulate in the malls.

Shaikh has told the police that he was drawn into the racket for "easy money". Shaikh's is the fifth arrest in the case after three Bangladeshis were arrested in Bangalore along with an Indian Abdul Ali (22).

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