Seizure of fake notes, printing equipment from Pathanamthitta: Crime Branch to take up investigation

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Pathanamthitta: The probe in connection with the seizure of fake notes and printing-related items from a rented portion of a two-storied house in Adoor here is likely to be handed over to the Crime Branch. Accused Anas, a native of Pathanapuram is still at large.

Anas along with his family had been staying at the house for two months. However, for some time they were not seen there and the person who rented the portion for the family had no clue about them. He called up Anas, but there was no response.

The person reportedly opened up the portion for cleaning to give it to another tenant. It was then he happened to see the fake notes and printing-related items lying abandoned. He intimated the matter to the police.

Officials seized printing equipment, four sacks of used-up dye bottles and fake notes of denominations Rs 100, Rs 500 and Rs 2000 printed in large papers. It had a face value of Rs 2.5 lakh.

Though police were able to trace the Anas based on mobile phone network activity and tower location, he reportedly fled the spot. At present his phone is in switched off state.

According to the property owner, Anas introduced himself as a person engaged with book printing works for schools. Meanwhile, police also probe whether fake notes with a face value of Rs 10,000 seized from a bank at Pathanapuram has any links with Anas.

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