The Crime Branch (CB) Organised Crime Wing on Wednesday arrested a key accused in two fake currency cases in Thrissur. The accused Mani alias Peechi Joy, 65, Thiruveli House, Peechi, had been absconding since 2008.
The first case against the accused was registered in 2008 by Vazhakulam police for making and distributing fake notes of Rs 500 denomination. In 2009, Vadakekkara police had registered a case against him for distributing counterfeit notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 denominations.
The Crime Branch had seized computers and other equipment used for the purpose and arrested seven other accused in the case. Crime Branch has also found Mani’s role in three other fake currency note cases registered at Kottayam, Thiruvananthapuram and Ernakulam.
The arrest was made by a Crime Branch team led by detective inspector Biju Kumar on the basis of a tip-off received by Crime Branch Superintendent Alex K John.