Mysuru: The city police have nabbed a few theatre artistes who, in a bid to make money to star in commercial films, allegedly resorted to minting fake notes.
Theatre artists Bharath from Mallavalli (24), Likhesh from Madikeri (22) were arrested, while Tejas (23), hailing from Mysuru managed to hoodwink the police.
The police recovered a total of 110 notes, each bearing a face value of Rs 100.
Tejas, a student of KAVA, nurtured a dream of becoming an actor. As he realized that it takes money in modern times to become an actor, he planned to print fake notes in order to fulfill this dream. In this view, he mastered the details of the Rs 100 note and began printing fakes ones.
Tejas then began circulating fake notes in the market with the help of two of his friends. They planned to capitalize on the Dasara celebrations in Mysuru and hence circulated the notes at the fare. Little did they know that their plan would land them in soup!
Bharath and Likhesh bought a product costing Rs 50 from the shop of a man named Manju in Kalyangiri. Manju, who verified the note, learned about the foul play and interrogated Likhith, who in turn got scared and revealed the entire story. Manju then handed over both the accused to Udayagiri police.
Upon further investigation, the duo also divulged details about the house in Niveditanagar where the quota notes were reportedly being printed. However, Tejas had managed to flee the spot before the police could arrive.
The hunt for Tejas is on.