Two held with fake currency

Mumbai Police Crime Branch on Sunday arrested two men who were allegedly in possession of fake Indian currency of face value over Rs 3 lakh. Police are now on the lookout for their accomplice who allegedly provided the fake currency to be circulated in Mumbai.

The arrested accused, Mariful Sheikh (29) and Mustafa Sheikh (40), hail from Kolkata and were staying in Taloja in Thane district, police said.

"Officers of Unit 8 had information that the duo was going to be in Bandra (east) with fake currency. They laid a trap and took Mariful and Mustafa into custody. They were searched and were found in possession of fake Indian currency of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 denominations," said DCP (detection) Ambadas Pote.

The duo has been remanded in police custody till February 2.

Police said the two had visited Kolkata earlier this month, where they met Aalam Sheikh, who gave them the currency. Police are verifying the antecedents of the accused. Police are also probing the source of fake currency.

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