A former hockey player who was detained on Friday for allegedly counterfeiting currency told officials that a man from Bhopal had asked him for printing fake notes of Rs 3 crore before the state assembly elections, police told media in Bhopal.
Aftab Ali (42) alias Mushtaq Khan from Bhopal was arrested after the interrogation of five others who were arrested on October 9 from two places – Rajgarh and Hoshangabad. These five men disclosed the name of Aftab as, as the key player of the gang. Aftab has not revealed the name of the man who placed the order for fake notes.
Aftab has represented Madhya Pradesh in Hockey seven times at national level.
“The police seized fake notes with a face value of Rs 31.50 lakh in denominations of Rs 2000 and Rs 500 from them”, said Simala Prasad, superintendent of police, Rajgarh.
“As of now, we can’t say that the fake notes were being printed for its use during the elections but interrogation will bring out the truth,” added Prasad.
During questioning of the five accused, they said that the notes were scanned by a machine and later printed on sheets of paper.
Bhopal inspector general (IG) of police, Jaideep Prasad said, “Aftab used to take orders for supply of fake currency notes from miscreants and get the same printed through his gang. We are interrogating him and trying to ascertain the truth behind his claims that he got the order from someone else to print the notes.”