Two factories making fake bank notes were seized and 10 people with Bangladeshi and Indian fake notes were arrested by Detective Branch of police in the capital's Demra and Kamrangirchar on Saturday.
Forger gangs have become active in preparation for spreading Tk 100 crore in fake notes at different markets ahead of Eid-ul-Azha, said DB officials.
Meanwhile, State Minister for Home Shamsul Haque Tuku yesterday said fake note detectors would be installed at cattle markets across the country to check the spread of fake notes. He said this at a meeting of the anti-militancy national committee at the Secretariat.
Mahbubur Rahman, DB deputy commissioner (west), at a press briefing at Media and Community Service Centre yesterday said the DB had seized Tk 2.5 crore and Rs 88,000 in fake notes and materials worth around Tk 8 crore in two drives the previous day.
The seized materials include three laptops, a desktop computer, a computer monitor, six printers, packets of ink and watermarks of Bangladesh Bank.
Mashiur Rahman, DB additional deputy commissioner (North), said the police in the first drive raided a factory in Demra's Aminbagh and arrested Abdur Rahman, 36, Jalaluddin, 25, Shanta alias Shabana, 25, Maksuda, 20, and Lima Akter, 20.
Tk 1.3 crore in fake notes and related equipment worth around Tk 5 crore were seized from the factory, Mashiur said.
Shanta said she had been involved in this activity for the last three years and that she had learned the technique from her husband Sirajul Islam, who is now on the run.
With information from the arrestees, the team in the second drive arrested Darud Zaman alias Zaman Bishwas, 50, his younger brother Khaliduzzaman, 35, Manjurul Kamal, 60, Md Babu Mia, 30, and Sujon alias, 27, at another factory at West Rasulpur in Kamrangirchar.
The team seized Tk 1.2 crore and Rs 88,000 in fake notes and note-making equipment worth Tk 3 crore in the drive.
The DB officials said Darud is one of the first in such forgery in the country and earlier in 1999 he was arrested with fake notes.
Darud said, "I have made fake currencies worth Tk 20 crore so far. Eid is the best season for us. We planned to spread Tk 50 crore in the upcoming Eid season."
"I sell Tk 1 lakh in fake notes for Tk 6,000-7,000 to the dealers who then sell them for Tk 10,000-12,000 to another dealer. The fake notes spread to the markets after changing hands four or five times," he added.
Of the arrestees, Abdur Rahman, Jalaluddin, Shanta, Maksuda, and Lima were placed on four days' remand while Darud, Khaliduzzaman, Manjurul, Babu and Sujon on five days' remand when they were produced at a Dhaka court yesterday.