Cops seize near-original Rs 2000 notes, left baffled

The seizures, said to be the first this year, come a day after the NIA in coordination with BSF arrested a wanted accused in another FICN case Umar Faruq from Malda.

Following the leads provided by Firoz, BSF sleuths planned an operation and seized the FICN consignment. On February 14, around 9 pm, BSF's special operation party observed some movement of Indian miscreants in a Mango orchard near global border.

During the trap, some movement was observed by the special operations party on Bangladesh side ahead of the border fence.

This is the second seizure of "high quality" counterfeit currency in two days that, investigators said, are strikingly similar to the notes issued by the central bank in November previous year after Prime Minister Narendra Modi banned Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes, and replacing them with a new series of Rs 2,000 and Rs 500 notes.

However, the traffickers managed to flee, a BSF official said.

They thoroughly searched the area and recovered one packet wrapped in white polythene secured with rubber band and black tape.

The NIA takes up probe of only those cases where the recovered fake currency is of high quality, and thus was not involved in any earlier cases of seized fake notes of Rs2,000.

Faruq was arrested from Golapganj area under Kaliachak police station of the district.

BSF South Bengal Frontier has seized fake currency of the face value of Rs.1,47,70,500 along with apprehension of 19 racketeers in 2016.

Official sources said eight to nine security features have been copied but the quality of the paper is below par.

As border areas are prone to smuggling of fake currency, Inspector General of BSF South Bengal Frontier PSR Anjaneyulu has issued operational guidelines to further tighten security at the border to effectively check the menace of smuggling and other activities of anti-national elements on the south Bengal border with Bangladesh.

Earlier on Tuesday, BSF and National Investigation Agency (NIA) officials caught one Umar Faruk alias Firoz in Kaliachak district and seized three Rs 2,000 FICN notes from him.

Security features of the new Rs 2000 notes seem to have been imitated to create the counterfeit currency.

  • Leroy Wright