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NIA files chargesheet against four fake currency smugglers

New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday filed a chargesheet against four people for their alleged involvement in smuggling Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN) into the country, after procuring them from Bangladesh.

The chargesheet was filed by West Bengal’s Siliguri Special NIA Court against four accused persons under sections 120 B, 489B, 489C of IPC and sections 16,18 and 20 of UA(P)Act, 1967.

Two of the accused Golam Martuja aka Shajatur Rahman, Sadek Mia are from Malda district in West Bengal whereas the other two Md Baitullah, Md. Mukhtar Alam belonged to Kishanganj in Bihar.

The case was related to seizure of Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICNs) in denomination of Rs 2000 (200 pieces) and Rs 500 (2 pieces) having face value of Rs 4,01,000 from the possession of accused Golam Martuja on January 8 last year the Regional Unit of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence at Siliguri.

The Agency took over this case on March 9 , 2020 and arrested the remaining three accused Sadek Mia, Md. Baitullah and Md. Mukhtar Alam.

NIA probe revealed that the accused persons were part of a terrorist gang comprising of smugglers, couriers and distributors of FICN criminally conspired to smuggle and circulate High Quality Counterfeit Indian Paper Currency Notes leading to damage to the monetary stability of India.

“The arrested accused persons used to receive FICNs from Bangladesh based smugglers through multiple couriers and used to circulate them in different parts of India and near Indo-Nepal border as established by money deposits in lieu of FICNs from these disparate locations into one account of Malda and the proceeds were subsequently channelized to Bangladesh based smugglers through different couriers or hawala operators”, the officials in NIA said, adding that further investigation in this case to unearth the full conspiracy and the transnational linkages has been continued.

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