2 held with fake notes, face value Rs 20 lakh

2 held with fake notes, face value Rs 20 lakh

 In the continuing efforts to contain circulation of Pakistan-printed fake Indian currency notes, Delhi Police on Wednesday claimed to have busted a syndicate involved in procuring the notes from Bangladesh and supplying them across India.

Two men were arrested at Old Delhi railway station and fake notes with face value of Rs 20 lakh have been seized.
Police said a team of Special Cell had been monitoring couriers and smugglers operating near the India-Bangladesh border areas, especially from Kaliachak village in West Bengal’s Malda district.

“The accused identified as Raj Kumar and Omprakash belong to a syndicate involved in receiving fake notes from the border areas and in its distribution to clients in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Sanjeev Kumar Yadav.

These couriers and smugglers receive directions about prospective clients from their handlers in Bangladesh. The police team was recently informed that a consignment had been received in Kaliachak village.

“We were told that the conduits were expected to arrive at Old Delhi railway station in Farakka Express,” Yadav added.

Accordingly, a trap was laid and they were identified on the arrival of the train. Raj Kumar and Omprakash were apprehended. A search of their bags revealed that secret cavities had been designed to conceal the fake notes.

On being questioned, they told police that the consignment was delivered to them by a ‘chacha’ who was receiving directions from his handler.

“The two accused claim that they have never met the handler,” said Yadav, adding the handlers do not get involved directly or personally in the physical movement of the consignments.

“Once the consignments get pushed over into Indian territory, a string of couriers are employed at handsome commission for onward delivery to intending receivers,” Yadav said.
After receiving the consignment, they had contacted a man who asked them to take a train to Delhi and wait for further instructions. However, they were apprehended as soon as they deboarded the train.

Raj Kumar has criminal history and was also earlier arrested with fake notes. They told police that they have successfully transported several consignments to Delhi, UP and MP.

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