Thiruvananthapuram: It would have passed off as another of the racket’s attempt to inject fake currency into the market, buying things and services they wanted.
This time it flopped when a vigilant cashier at a private hospital in Attingal had second thoughts when he was handed a fake currency.
He wouldn’t wait before alerting the police, thus help busting a well-entrenched statewide racket operating since 2018. Police seized fake currency valued at ₹16 lakh
Rajan Pathrose, 61 handed to the clerk ₹500 note to settle a payment for his daughter’s hospital bill.
The clerk noticed a pattern in Rajan’s payment which included two fake ₹2,000 notes in another payment Rajan made.
The clerk informed the District Police Chief, Thiruvananthapuram Rural, P. K. Madhu.
At a raid in his house in Kadackavoor, police seized fake notes and Rajan revealed the involvement of Wahab of Pothencode and Pratapan of Chirayankeezhu, whom police later arrested.
Subsequently, police traced the source of the notes to Shameer from Kozhikode.
Police lured Shameer into the trap posing as potential buyers placing an order for 3 lakhs in exchange of one lakh.
Shameer, 38, a school dropout, ran a DTP centre at Mukkom near Kallanthode in Kozhikode. He turned to forgery to make quick money to settle debts, he told police.
Shameer bought online modern scanners and printers; he also got banknote-thick papers and printed the notes painstakingly duplicating security thread and other features.