Rawalpindi - Gujar Khan police arrested two men from a bank for attempting to deposit fake currency notes but freed them later without initiating action, apparently on political pressure, reliable sources confided to The Nation on Friday.

According to sources, two men namely Chaudhry Nazar Pagara and Muhammad Ashraf arrived at National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) Bhatyan Ka Mohra branch and tried to deposit currency notes (Rs 10,000) which were detected as fake by the cashier who informed the branch manager. The branch manager called police who took the two fraudsters to police post for further investigation, sources said.

However, police set them free and did not file any case after intervention of an local MPA of PML-N, sources mentioned.

Area Manager/Assistant Vice President NBP Gujar Khan Zone, Daulat Ali Raja and Branch Manager Saqib Zar, when contacted by The Nation, confirmed that two men came and tried to provide fake currency notes worth Rs 10,000. They said that Muhammad Ashraf was an account holder in the bank who had tried to deposit fake currency notes but the cashier caught him. Later, he was sent home while keeping in view his old age. They said that today (Friday) another man namely Ch Nazir Pagara came in the bank having the same currency notes to deposit utility bill. “We had already noted the serial numbers of notes and caught Pagara who revealed that Ashraf asked him to go to bank to pay electricity bill,” they said. “We called the police and handed the both accused to them for interrogation,” Daulat Raja said.

A police officer on condition of anonymity told The Nation that two men were netted on charges of trying to deposit fake currency notes in NBP. However, they were released on the pressure of political figures of the area.

The PML-N MPA and DSP Gujar Khan could not be contacted despite several attempts made by this scribe to know their version.