Nepal: International currency racket busted, Pakistani held

Nepalese police have arrested 9 people, including 2 Indians, from Kathmandu.

Last Updated: Oct 29, 2010, 19:04 PM IST

Kathmandu: Nepalese police have busted an international currency racket and arrested nine people, including two Indians and one Pakistani from the capital.

The nine suspects were arrested from Sinamangal area near the Tribhuvan International Airport with counterfeit Indian currency notes worth Rs 40 lakh, according to the Kathmandu Metropolitan Police.

Those arrested were identified as Mokhtar Ansari and Ishamuddhin Miya, both from Bihar, and Abdul Bahab, a Pakistani national.

The six Nepalese arrested were Birendra Shah, Aftab Alam Ansari, Chokat Mahato, Yunus Ansari, Binod Khatri and Tek Bahadur Karki.

The police filed cases under counterfeit currency law against them in Kathmandu district court today even though they were arrested last week.

India and Nepal share nearly 1850-km border, which runs along three sides of Nepal.

Pakistan`s spy agency ISI has used the porous border to push counterfeit currency into India. It has become a major security concern for New Delhi and India and Nepal have underlined the need to step up security in the border areas to plug the loopholes.

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Hoshiarpur: With six more deaths since Thursday night, the toll due to hooch in Dasuya sub division of this district today rose to 22.

Police said 13 persons were killed after they consumed spurious liquor at Kahalwan, Gilzian, Kotla, Khokhar and Balran villages in Dasuya sub division on October 27 and October 28.

Three persons who also consumed spurious liquor died at Miani in the same sub division near Tanda on October 25, October 26 and October 27.
Deputy Commissioner Dharam Dutt Ternach said the district administration would bear all the expenses for the treatment of those affected by hooch.

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