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Inventor Lauded by Modi Held with Rs 42L in Fake Rs 2,000 Notes

Abhinav would dupe people by exchanging old Rs 500 and 1,000 notes for the fake Rs 2,000 notes for a commission.

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A young engineer, whose innovation got appreciation from Prime Minister Narendra Modi last year, landed in the police net after he and his accomplices were caught with fake Rs 2,000 notes in Punjab’s Mohali town, police said.

Punjab Police in Mohali, adjoining Chandigarh, have recovered fake currency worth Rs 42 lakh in Rs 2,000 denomination and arrested Abhinav Verma, his cousin Vishakha Verma, and Ludhiana-based property dealer Suman Nagpal.

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The trio, along with two others, were duping people by exchanging the demonetised Rs 500 and 1,000 notes for the fake Rs 2,000 notes. They were charging 30 percent commission for the exchange.

Mohali Superintendent of Police Parminder Singh said the fake currency was recovered on Wednesday from a brand-new Audi SUV which the trio were using.

The vehicle even had a red beacon, which is only allowed for VVIPs.

The police have been conducting raids to arrest two more members of the gang who slipped away.

The currency given by the gang even after charging commission was fake. Abhinav is an engineering graduate who is into manufacturing sensors to be installed in the sticks for visually handicapped. His office is in Chandigarh and they used to print the fake currency of Rs 2,000 denomination at his office.
Parminder Singh, Mohali SP 

While Abhinav, 21, and Vishakha, 23, who is pursuing an MBA, used to print the fake currency, the property dealer used to find clients who wanted to get their unaccounted money converted into new currency.

Abhinav had last year claimed to have created ‘Live Braille’, a wearable technology innovation that helped blind people to walk around without the aid of a walking stick.

The device used sensors to guide blind people and was hailed as a success. It even got a mention from Modi in December last year at the Indian Science Congress in Bengaluru.

The device was commercially launched this year, touted as an innovation under the 'Make in India' programme, and sold in India and over 15 countries.

(With inputs from IANS)

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