New Delhi: In nationwide raids, NIA has
arrested 14 people and smashed an international racket which
involved in the smuggling and distribution of fake Indian
currency notes being supplied by Pakistani agents through the
porous Indo-Bangla and Indo-Nepal borders.
According to a NIA spokesperson, there was information
that few individuals belonging to Malda of West Bengal were
engaged in organised smuggling and circulation of high quality
and high value fakes notes, suspected of having been printed
in Pakistan, via Bangladesh and Nepal.
Morgen Hussain and Rakib Sheikh of Jamsedtola,
Mahabbatpur of Malda were coordinating, smuggling and
circulation of the notes across the country with active
connivance of many operations.
Those arrested were members of an international network
which manufactured and printed high quality high value FICN in
Pakistan and smuggled them into India via Bangladesh and
circulated them across length and breadth of the country, the
spokesperson said in a statement.
The modus operandi of the network is that huge quantities
of high-quality notes in the denominations of Rs 1000, Rs 500
and Rs 100, printed in Pakistan are smuggled to Bangladesh via
air route and then across the border (fencing) into India.
The accused persons with their aides collect the notes
and distribute them to the agents spread all over the country
through trains and other modes of transports.
They used bank accounts and ATMs for transferring back
the genuine currency earned out of circulating the fake
currency to the suppliers of the same based in Malda.
The members of the gang were in communication with the
Pakistani supported suppliers of fake notes operating from
The NIA registered a case after getting a sanction from
the Home Ministry and conducted nationwide raids for search
and seizures after obtaining warrants from the competent
The NIA had formed 12 teams in West Bengal, Bihar,
Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar
Pradesh, Delhi and Haryana.
The top member of the gang -- Morjen Hussain -- was
arrested after a difficult operation in a remote part of Malda
and after that simultaneous raids were conducted across the
country and searches and arrest were made, the spokesman said.
Searches have led to the recovery of large number of ATM
cards, bank passbooks, SIM cards and high value FICN being
used in smuggling and circulation of fake notes.
The objective of the investigation of this case is to
take legal action against key figures who are involved in
smuggling and circulation of FICN of Pakistani origin via
Bangladesh by conducting an effective investigation covering
the entire country and also to unravel larger conspiracy to
destabilise the monetary stability of India.
Among those arrested were Habibul Rahman, Abdul Mutalik
and Prashant Mondal from Tamil Nadu, Malikharjun from
Karnataka, Morjen, Manik Sheik and Hamidul from Malda in West
Bhadur Yadav and Saleem were arrested from Delhi and
Moraadaba respectively and Sajib ul Haq, Anwar, Jamal Sheik
and Akram from Hyderabad.