BSF seizes Rs2 lakh in fake notes at Bangla border

15 February 2017

The Border Security Force (BSF) and security agencies have seized a ''large consignment'' of fake notes of Rs2,000 denomination along the India-Bangladesh border.

Reports said as many as 100 notes of Rs2,000 denomination were seized at Churiantpur in Kaliachak block, Malda district. The notes were thrown over the border fence from Bangladesh for an Indian courier to carry inside the Indian territory. Security personnel present at the spot seized the consignment thrown into the Indian side.

The development comes after the arrest of 21-year-old Indian national Umar Faruq on Tuesday. He was wanted in fake Indian currency note (FICN) smuggling cases earlier.

According to National Investigating Agency (NIA), a Special NIA Court in Patna had issued a non-bailable warrant of arrest against Faruq on 22 July 2016.

He was arrested from Gopalganj in Malda when he was going to hand over samples of Rs2,000 fake notes to another FICN racketeer.

On interrogation, the BSF and NIA came to know about the large consignment crossing over to the Indian side.

Security features of the new Rs2,000 notes seem to have been imitated to create the counterfeit currency. The notes have been sent for forensic examination, the report said.

The West Bengal police have also registered a case in connection with a recovery  of 40 fake Rs2,000 notes, made by the BSF at the Indo-Bangladesh border earlier this year. However, the quality of the notes seized on Tuesday appears better than that of ones recovered by Bengal police, said the report quoting an official.

The NIA takes up probe of only those cases where the recovered fake currency is of high quality, and thus was not involved in any earlier cases of seized fake notes of Rs2,000.

The government has argued that smuggling of the FICN from across the border was one of the reasons of demonetisation of old currency notes of Rs500 and Rs1,000 on 8 November last year.

The notes intercepted earlier along the border came in small numbers and investigating agencies collected those samples to analyse how many security features have been compromised.

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