FICN rackets resume function in Malda
The claim of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi about thwarting fake currency racket by demonetization and introduction of new currencies received a serious blow and counterfeit currencies in denomination of 2000 amounting 2.06 lakh were seized by BSF personnel from two separate areas in Baishnabnagar police station last night. The seizure has also raised the question whether the fake currency racket has succeeded in counterfeiting the new currencies within four months of introduction.
Taking the seizure of fake currency very seriously a team of NIA (National investigation agency) arrested one Omar Farooq alias Iliyas Firoz, 21 from Mohanpur village of Sabdalpur area under Baishnabnagar police station. Three fake currencies of 2000 were seized from him. NIA officials produced the youth in court today and prayed to take him to Patna on transit remand for four days.
It may be mentioned that Chori Anantapur area under Baishnabnagar police station is quite proximate to India-Bangladesh border and have been paradise for fake currency peddlers for long. Sources in the BSF informed that while manning the international border on Tuesday night, the BSF personnel of battalion 24 found a plastic wrapped packet lying near the fence. It was anticipated that the packet was thrown over the fence. As a person was trying to pick up a packet, BSF jawans chased him. Though the person managed to scamper away, BSF seized the packet and found 100 fake currencies of 2000 kept in two separate bundles.
“Those FICN (fake Indian currency notes) were sent to the headquarter of South Bengal frontier for further perusal,” said a senior BSF official.
Meanwhile, acting on a tip off NIA arrested Farooq and confiscated three FICN in denomination of 2000 from his wallet. According to NIA sources, the youth was wanted for long as he was accused of peddling fake currencies before too in 2015 in Patna.
Shahenaz Bibi, wife of the arrested youth, however, alleged that her husband was a victim of conspiracy. Farooq’s mother Lalmoni Bibi too claimed her son had no connection to FICN peddling. They alleged that one Alamgir Sheikh from the same locality, who was arrested few months ago on the charge of peddling FICN too, had named Farooq to harass him.
NIA officials, however, refuted the allegations of Farooq’s family. “The youth is adept in peddling FICN. It seems he has connection to the key persons of FICN racket. He was under our scanner for long. Eventually, we arrested him after receiving genuine information against him,” an NIA official preferring complete anonymity said.