|BSF Officials with the youth arrested with fake currency Photo: Uday Mandal|
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Huge Fake Currency Recovered in Malda
Malda, October 12, 2012: If the smuggling of fake currency through this porous border is nothing new in this part of the world, the amount of fake currency recovered last night by BSF is certainly startling. In a record breaking achievement, BSF last night had seized Rs 20 lakh of fake currency and nabbed a smuggler. It is learnt that last night, one Kausar Sk was carrying this currency from Bangladesh crossing the fencing at Mohabbatpur under Baishnabnagar Police Station at Indo-Bangla border. Among the seized amount Ra 15 lakh in Rs 1000 denomination while Rs 5 lakh in Rs 500. Sources from BSF informed that National Investigation Agency (NIA) was coming to Malda to interrogate the arrested youth.
It may be noted that large part of the 172 km long border with Bangladesh in Malda is porous. Border villages like Shashani, Chari Anantapur, Mohabbatpur have become centers of fake currency smuggling. On the other hand the river borders of Sovapur, Pardeonapur have been used as cattle smuggling corridor. Local people are being involved with this smuggling. Even the students are not spared.
Intelligence sources claimed that the fake Indian currency are printed mainly in Pakistan. From there through Nepal they reach Bangladesh. The border of Malda and Murshidabad are used for spreading this currency to larger part of India. It is a deliberate ploy to break the Indian economy. It is learnt that presently Rs 1000 fake currency is exchanged with original Rs 600.
After yesterday’s success, DIG of BSF Amarjit Singh said, “With the festivals like Durga Puja, Eid and Dewali round the corner, people spend a lot of money. Smugglers are taking this opportunity to spread fake currency at this time.”
18 years old Kausar Ali hailed from Mohabbatpur under Baishnabnagar p s. He conceded that fake currencies are coming to this part of border in exchange of cattle smuggled there. The bags full of fake currency are being thrown over the fencing and Kousars collect these. He was to take the bag to one Rejaul of his village.
SP, Malda Jayanta Pal said that this year fake currency amounting Rs 65 lakh was seized and 135 persons were arrested. On the other hand BSF claimed that Rs 35 lakh of fake currency was recovered from the border vigilance.