TDN World Desk: On a secret information the Surat Crime Branch conducted a raid on Sunday at a room in an under-construction Swaminarayan temple ashram in Ambav village of Kheda district.

The Surat crime branch took this action based on a tip-off and total 5,013 fake notes of Rs 2,000 denomination with Rs 1,00,26,000 face value were seized during the operation, they said.

The Surat police arrested five persons in connection with forgery of currency. Reportedly fake notes of Rs 50 lakh face value were recovered from the temple priest, identified as Radharaman Swami.The officials on Saturday arrested Pratik Three others- Pravin Chopda, Kalu Chopda and Mohan Wadhurade- were arrested from Sarthana in Surat district.

On Saturday police arrested Pratik Chodwadia from a farm house near Kamrej in the district and recovered 203 fake notes of Rs 2,000 denomination from him. During his interrogation, he revealed the names of four others.

“The sixth member of the gang identified as Pradeep Chopra is absconding. Hunt is on to nab him. Pradeep was earlier arrested for printing and circulating fake currency notes,” Surat Crime Branch Deputy Commissioner of Police Rahul Patel was quoted by The Indian Express.