Malkangiri: Police claimed to have busted a racket allegedly involved in the illegal trade of ‘Hanuman coins’ and deerskin in Chitrakonda Sadar area of Malkangiri district.
Cops also arrested three persons in this connection.
The accused have been identified as Mohan Trivedi from Odisha, Itham Shetty Venkata Ramana, Krupabharam Tripalli from Elmanchili village of Andhra Pradesh.
Acting on a tip-off, a team of Chitrakonda police raided a house at daily market here and seized 50 antique copper coins, valuable stones, Rs 12, 310, a two-wheeler, three mobile phones and ATM cards from the house.
The trio was apprehended for defrauding people by selling ‘Hanuman Coins’ and possessing gun and deer skin.
A case was registered at the Chitrakonda police station under Sections 417, 420 and 34 of IPC, Section 25 under Arms Act and Section 51 under the Wildlife Protection Act.
The accused have been forwarded to court.