POLICE AFFIRMED they dismantled an alleged racketeering of counterfeit money during an investigation at several locations in Maharashtra and Gujarat, spread over three weeks, with the arrest of six people. Police said they seized counterfeit banknotes of Rs 2,000 and Rs 500, which had a total face value of over Rs 32 lakh.

Police said the investigation began on June 23, while working on a whistleblower, a team of Pimpri-Chinchwad police set a trap near a cemetery in Nigdi. Police said a man, identified as Gorakh Pawar (30), was arrested. From him, 50 banknotes worth 2,000 rupees were seized and these were later found to be forgeries when examined by bank officials, police added. Pawar, a resident of Bhalwani in Pandharpur, was then placed under arrest.

Police further said that during the interrogation of Pawar, Vitthal Gajanan Shewale (38) from Patan in Satara and Jitendra Panigrahi (36) from Palghar were also arrested. Other false notes hidden by the two defendants were seized, police added.

As the investigation progressed, police teams were sent to Gujarat where they arrested Raju aka Ranjeetsingh Parmar (38), Jitendrakumar Patel (26) and Kirankumar Patel (38), all residents of Banaskantha in Gujarat, the last arrest having taken place on July 11. .

Pimpri-Chinchwad Police Commissioner Krishna Prakash said the full investigation took about three weeks, and 1,402 counterfeit Rs 2,000 and 929 Rs 500 bills were seized, bringing the total face value to Rs 32,67,000. Police said they also seized computers, printers and a car from the suspects.

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