BSF steps up vigil along Bangla border
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Last Updated: Tuesday, January 10, 2012, 18:55
Shillong: The BSF have tightened vigil along the Indo-Bangladesh border in the whole north eastern region, in the wake of busting of a multi-crore fake currency racket by National Investigation Agency (NIA) in Hyderabad.

"We are on alert all the time especially in the absence of a proper fence along the border...We are not taking things lightly with reports about these fake note smugglers opting for the air routes," the official said.

The official was asked about any stepped-up BSF surveillance in the wake of report about NIA busting a nation-wide network in Hyderabad which had allegedly smuggled large sums in 1000, 500 and 100 denomination face value, from Bangladesh via air route.

"We have apprehended a number of Bangladesh nationals who are working closely with their counterparts in the country to smuggle fake notes in the past one year," the border guard official said in reply.

"We have our own intelligence unit which is working day in and day out," he said.

The BSF guards a 4,096-km long boundary covering the five states of West Bengal, Assam, Tripura, Meghalaya and Mizoram.

Union home ministry sources said here that the most preferred route was by air, because without specific intelligence, it is impossible to detect fake currency.

From 2008-2009, Rs 2.5 crore of fake currency were seized by the DRI, the sources said.

In 2010, the seizures rose sharply to Rs 27 crores.


First Published: Tuesday, January 10, 2012, 18:55

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