The currency notes worth $3 million found by a ragpicker near a railway track in Bengaluru and handed over to the authorities were found to be fake, as expected.
A senior police officer confirmed to The Indian Express that HDFC Bank, the nodal bank appointed by the Reserve Bank of India, to check the notes, found them to be fake.
It reported that the notes were either “printed or photocopied”.
Following the report, the Hebbal police filed an FIR under IPC Section 489A (counterfeiting currency notes or bank notes) against unknown people.
On November 3, Salman S K, 39, a native of West Bengal’s Nadia district, who works as a garbage collector in Bengaluru, found 23 bundles of US dollars wrapped in paper near the Nagawara railway station.
On Sunday, he approached social activist and the national executive member of Swaraj India R Kaleem Ullah.
They handed over the currency notes to the Hebbal police after meeting Bengaluru city police commissioner B Dayananda.
Though Saleman was relieved after handing over the notes to the police, a piece of shocking news was waiting for him.
Touhidul Islam alias Bappa, 33, a scrap dealer under whom Saleman worked, was kidnapped around 1 am on November 7 by around five men seeking to lay their hands on the currency notes.
Kaleemullah said, “There were about five men who kidnapped Bappa while he was inside his room. Two men barged in and asked him about the US currency. When he told them that it was handed over to the police, they did not believe and took him away in an Innova car.”
The assailants allegedly tortured Bappa before dumping her near the Manyata tech park around 9.30 am the same day. Kaleemullah said, “According to Bappa, they spoke in Kannada and Hindi.”
However, Bappa chose not to file a police complaint.
“People who kidnapped me stay in a nearby locality. If I tell their names, my life will be in danger,” Bappa said in a purported video message.