25.80 crore counterfeit notes of ‘Reverse Bank of India’ seized in Surat, police detained a youth

Police have recovered counterfeit notes worth Rs 25.80 crore, which have ‘Reverse Bank of India’ and ‘For use in Film’ print on them, from an ambulance in Gujarat’s Surat district. Police have started investigation by taking the ambulance driver into custody. Giving information about this on Friday, an official said that these fake notes were being taken to Mumbai for use in films.

Superintendent of Police (Surat Rural) Hitesh Joysar said that the police received information that a consignment of counterfeit Indian currency would pass through the Kamrej police station area through an ambulance. Following this information, the local police stopped the vehicle at a checkpoint on Thursday and found Rs 2000 notes stuffed in six bags, he said.

He said each note had ‘Reverse Bank of India’ and ‘For use in Film’ printed on it. He said a team has been constituted to examine whether these notes can be treated as counterfeit currency as per RBI guidelines.

The SP said that the ambulance driver has been taken into custody and has been identified as Hitesh Kotadia. He said that no FIR has been registered so far.

Joysar said the police have sought the help of officials from the Reserve Bank of India, State Bank of India and the Forensic Sciences Laboratory to ascertain whether the notes can be counted as counterfeit currency. The police officer said that the person from whom the note was consigned in Surat has been identified and he will be questioned.

The Superintendent of Police said that we will conduct a thorough investigation and ensure that such notes do not harm the Indian economy and people are not cheated.

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