New Delhi: An international syndicate which was allegedly involved in procuring and pumping Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN) in India has been busted with the arrest of two men and recovery of such notes of the face value of Rs four lakh by the Special Cell, police said on Wednesday.
The super-fine quality fake currency recovered is suspected to be printed in Pakistan and pushed into India through Bangladesh.
The two accused, identified as Mohd Baharudin alias Baharu (27) a resident of Malda district of West Bengal and Badruddin Mayudin Syed alias Badru (55), a resident of Vadodara, Gujarat were arrested from outside Old Delhi Railway Station on Saturday.
"In the first week of August, information was received through some reliable sources that a syndicate based at Malda, West Bengal is involved in procuring FICN from Bangladesh and circulating the same to various parts of India including Delhi following which a team was constituted to nab the other members of the gang," said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Sanjeev Kumar Yadav.
During investigation, on 16 August, specific information was received that one Baharu has collected a huge consignment of FICN in Malda, West Bengal and would be reaching Old Delhi Railway Station by Kalka Mail from Kolkata to deliver the same to one of his associate.
"A trap was laid outside the railway station and around 11:10 PM, the duo was apprehended and FICN with face value of Rs four lakh were recovered from their possession. Baharu was the supplier, Badru had come to receive the FICN," said Yadav.
Upon being counted, each recovered wad was found to be containing 100 fake currency notes. There were 300 notes of Rs 1000 denomination and 200 notes of Rs 500 denomination, total amounting to a sum of Rs four lakhs of FICN.
During interrogation, accused Baharu allegdly revealed that he was given the consignment for delivery by someone (name withheld by police). Baharu had supplied FICNs to other peddlers in different states of India, especially Delhi and Gujarat in the past.
Efforts are underway to establish the identities of the remaining members of this module so as to bring the case to a logical conclusion. Further investigation is in progress, police said.