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NIA takes over two counterfeit?currency notes cases in Kerala

TRIVANDRUM – The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has taken over two major fake Indian currency note (FICN) cases in the southern Indian state of Kerala.

 

A first information report in this regard was filed at the designated NIA court in Cochin on Monday. The FIR said that the FICNs seized from Karipur and Cochin airports were printed in Pakistan and it had links with other FICN cases being investigated by the NIA in other parts of the country.

The FIR has slapped treason charge on the accused. Reports said that the NIA decided to take over the two cases after a similar case in Hyderabad investigated by them was found connected to these cases.

The first case related to seizure of counterfeit notes in the denominations of Rs.500 and Rs1, 000 amounting to Rs7.25 million seized by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) from Mohammed Alshab at the Karipur airport on August 16, 2008.

The fake notes were kept concealed in a carton of toys and board games in a flight from the Gulf. The DRI arrested Alshabh and three others — CP Sajil, C S Abdul Maliq and Naushad, who came to receive. Later four others Muhammad Rafi, Abdul Karim, Moosakkutty and Abdul Majeed were also found involved in the case.

The second case followed seizure of counterfeit currencies in the denominations of Rs500 and Rs1, 000 to the tune of Rs2.4 million from K Gopinathan, another passenger from Gulf, at the Cochin International Airport.

Both the cases were being investigated by the Organised Crime Wing (OCW) of the Kerala police. The agency suspected the hands of terror outfits behind the flow of currency notes into the State especially after the killing three Keralites on the Indo-Pakistan border in 2009. The investigation into the deaths revealed that some terrorist outfits were active in recruiting youths from the state for operations outside the state. The arrest of some Keralites in connection with the Bangalore and Hyderabad blasts vindicated this.

Kerala has been witnessing flow of FICN from different sources. Apart from Pakistan, Bangladesh has emerged as another source. Police established the links with Bangaldesh after the recent seizure of counterfeit notes from Bengali migrant labourers working in the State. The arrest of eight Bengali migrant labourers revealed that counterfeit currency note mafias in Bangladesh were pumping fake currency through the Bengali migrants in the border areas. The Trivandrum police had arrested eight migrants with CIFN of the face value of Rs219, 000 while trying to buy goods from a shop in a rural area in the district.

The youths lodged in jail now confessed that the notes

were printed in a foreign country and supplied to them by an agent in Bangladesh. They selected rural areas to convert the fake currency into genuine ones thinking there will be less chance for detection.

The Kerala police have subsequently launched a vigil on the Bengali migrants, who arrive in large numbers in the state for manual works.  Police also suspect that Bangladeshi migrant labourers may also be infiltrating into the state disguised as Bengali labourers.

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