Counterfeit currency racket busted

By Norman Palihawadane

The Hungama police had nabbed six persons, including a woman, running a counterfeit note racket and recovered 550 forged notes of Rs. 1,000 denomination, police spokesman SSP Prishantha Jayakody said yesterday.

Police also found two computers and other equipment used to print the counterfeit notes.

The police had been able to nab the main suspects following the arrest of a person with 100 counterfeit notes of Rs 1,000 on Tuesday (30) at Hungama.

A group of policemen on foot patrol stopped a motorcycle rider on suspicion near the Kattaduwa reservoir in the Hungama police area. A subsequent search revealed 100 dud notes in his possession. The suspect was taken into custody with his vehicle and under interrogation he divulged the names and addresses of other members involved in the racket.

The main suspect in the racket was nabbed at Attigalle Road in Watareka. Police found 425 fake notes in his possession. Four other suspects had been taken into custody at Ranna and Tangalle towns with a van, the police spokesman said. They are residents of Halipitiya, Maharagama, Boralesgamuwa and Watareka.

One suspect was taken into custody from a lodge at Tangalle with his mistress. The woman had 25 counterfeit Rs. 1,000 notes.

The computers were recovered from a house rented by chief suspect at the Welmilla Junction, Halipitiya in the Moragahahena police area.

The Hungama police are conducting further investigations.

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