During the year when the country shut down due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the volume of fake Indian currency shot up to record levels.
Renganayagi (name changed) was in a pet store in the city recently for snapping up some toys for her just-adopted pup.
Gang used to take back one-third in original notes from parties outside state, say police
Seven members, all gentlemen, were staying at the two-storey house at Painkutty, a remote village on the Piravom-Elanji road.
Kochi city police and the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) in a joint operation busted a Coimbatore-based counterfeit currency racket and arrested five persons on Thursday.
The face value is not a lot, Rs 96,000, but this was the second such catch in the past two weeks.
BSF is in talks with Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for imparting of training to its troopers for identifying fake notes smuggled through Indo-Bangla border.