Visakhapatnam, Nov 30: Locals today rushed to collect a number of “Rs 500” notes found floating in a drain, but were left disappointed after realising that they all were fake. Local police inspector K L Murthy said the fake notes had a face value of Rs 10 lakh. As the word spread about the notes being spotted in the drain near Mithulapuri Colony and Vikalangula Colony, residents of the nearby areas gathered at the spot to collect them, police said. Also Read - 4 Feared Dead After Tourist Bus Falls Off Hill in Andhra Pradesh's Ananthagiri

Many of them thought they had struck a fortune, but were shell-shocked to know that the notes with the face value of Rs 500 were in fact counterfeit. “Two persons came to the spot on a bike and dumped Rs 500 notes into the drain before fleeing,” said K Ravi Kumar, a resident at the area. Also Read - ED Attaches Rs 130 Crore Assets of Hyderabad-based Musaddilal Jewellers & Others in Demonetisation Case

“We thought the unidentified persons might have thrown money as they could not exchange them with new currencies. However, after recovering the notes from the drain we realised that they were fake,” he added. According to Murthy, “Locals had recovered all notes and fled before we reached there. Also Read - Domestic Flights: IndiGo Plans Services to Connect Kurnool With Bengaluru, Chennai, Visakhapatnam | Booking Opens From Feb 1

We suspect that some gangs behind circulation of counterfeit currency notes might have dumped them in the drain as they couldn’t utilise them anymore in the wake of demonetisation.” He said efforts are on to trace the two persons who are suspected to have dumped the fake notes in drain.