Bengaluru: A police raid to check illegal foreign nationals staying in Bengaluru led to seizure of fake Indian currency notes of Rs 5 lakh from an Indian woman and two Africans.

Vasanthi and two African nationals Clement, 43, and Okeyfey, 42, from Nigeria were arrested under IPC Section 420 for cheating and also under 469.

During the raids on 35 houses, the Central Crime Branch (CCB) sleuths found 27 foreign nationals, mostly from African countries without  valid passports and visas. Out of which seven have no passports and 20 were staying illegally without visas.

"We have conducted early morning raids under four police station limits and arrested two African men and an Indian woman for possessing FICN," CCB’s deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Kuldeep Jain was quoted as saying.

During the raids, police also found Rs 500, Rs 2,000, Rs 100 and 50 British pound currency notes in plastic boxes, bundles of black paper sealed in transparent plastic covers, one tablet, smartphones, and liquid chemicals, which the cops believe could be used for illegal activities.

It is said, illegal activities and overstaying complaints in Hennur, Banaswadi and other places where Africans have been living, is on the rise in Bengaluru city and despite complaints and arrests and raids in the past, these keep resurfacing exposing the system.

The foreigners without valid papers have been booked under the Passport Act.

All the nabbed foreigners were produced in a court, a report said.