New Delhi [India]Apr 24 (ANI): Delhi police seized a unit manufacturing and supplying counterfeit Indian coins with the arrest of a counterfeit coin peddler and four of his associates, police said on Sunday.
The arrested defendants were identified as Naresh Kumar and Santosh Mandal who is the main defendant and three other workers Dharmender Kumar Sharma, Dharmender Mahto and Shravan Kumar Sharma.
Police recovered counterfeit Indian coins worth 10 rupees worth a total of 1,01,612 rupees, including 20 bundles each containing 4,000 coins and approximately 11,500 loose coins, four complete operational assemblies of the machines press with an electric motor, die used to engrave the emblem and other features on coins, semi-finished coins and raw materials, in the possession of the accused.
The police said: “Acting on the basis of secret information on the manufacture and supply of counterfeit Indian coins on a large scale by the syndicate headed by notorious illegal peddler of counterfeit coins Naresh Kumar, a team of Special Cell, South-WesternRange, conducted a raid on April 22. The team descended across the Tikri border to the village of Jharoda Kalan, near the PVC market, Mundka, New Delhi.
Police said: “Initially, the accused was evasive and attempted to distort the investigation. He was subjected to sustained interrogation and confronted with recovered material; eventually, he relented and confessed to the illegal counterfeit coin factory at Imlota village in Dadri district of Haryana. Acting on its tip, a raid was carried out and the complete four units of the working counterfeit Indian coin manufacturing facility were recovered along with huge finished and half-finished coins, raw materials and tools.
The police further stated: “A total of 20 packed cartons each containing 4000 10 rupee coins, a total of 212 kg of ‘tikki’ discs made of a steel-like material used to make the inner part of the coins and a total of five kg of waste discs-‘tikki’, a total of 315 kg of disc rings, washer, brass ‘chhalla’ used to make the outer part of the coins and a total of 15 kg of Scrap discs, ‘tikki’ disc rings, ‘puck’ were seized at the manufacturing unit.
Besides a total of 70 kg of unfinished, semi-finished parts (unpressed parts) were also recovered. A total of 100 dies used to engrave in making the counterfeit coins, 35 steel strips used to extract the disc, ‘tikki’ to make the inner part of the coins, six strips used of which the disc, ‘tikki’ is extracted and stickers with the printing of Indian Government Mint NOIDA were also found in the manufacturing unit.
A case was registered at the Special Cell Police Station under Sections 232 and 243 of the Indian Penal Code. (ANI)
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