Malda, India (BBN) – Security agencies and border guarding forces on Wednesday made first seizure of a “large consignment” of fake notes of Rs. 2000 denomination along the India-Bangladesh border.
As many as 100 notes of Rs. 2000 denomination were seized at Churiantpur in Kaliachak block, Malda district, reports The Hindu.
The notes were thrown over the border fence from Bangladesh for an Indian courier to carry to inside the Indian territory.
Security personnel were present at the spot when the consignment was thrown into the Indian side and seized the consignment.
The development comes after the arrest of 21-year-old Indian national Umar Faruq on Tuesday.
He was wanted in FICN (Fake Indian Currency Note) smuggling cases earlier.
According to National Investigating Agency (NIA), a non-bailable warrant of arrest dated July 22, 2016 was issued by the Special NIA Court, Patna, against Faruq.
He was arrested from Gopalganj in Malda when he was going to hand over samples of Rs 2000 fake notes to another FICN racketeer.
After interrogating him, the the officials of the Border Security Force (BSF) and NIA came to know about the large consignment crossing over to the Indian side.
The notes intercepted earlier along the border came in small numbers and investigating agencies collected those samples to analyse how many security features have been compromised.
At least eight of the 17 security features have been compromised, officials have said.
“The quality of the notes seized today are slightly better than the samples we intercepted earlier,” a senior security officer told The Hindu.