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Fake currency worth Rs 1.5 lakh seized in Agra, China involvement revealed

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An international fake currency racket was busted by the Agra Railway Police and a Chinese company was made co-accused in the case for supplying the security paper and ink used in printing the notes.

Agra,UPDATED: Dec 10, 2022 23:41 IST

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The Agra Railway Police arrested the three accused after finding fake currency notes in their possession during a routine check (India Today photo)

By Siraj Qureshi: The Agra Railway Police arrested three men on Saturday and seized fake currency notes worth Rs 1.5 lakh from their possession during a routine check at the Mathura Junction railway station. According to the police, the accused revealed that a Chinese company was sending them the security paper to print the fake currency, complete with the green thread marked ‘RBI’ and ‘Bharat’, and the Mahatma Gandhi watermark.

HOW DID THE POLICE NAB THEM?

The three who were nabbed by the police have been identified as Kaleemullah Qazi of Sawai Madhopur in Rajasthan, Mohd Taqeem of Kota in Rajasthan and Dharmendra of Katihar in Bihar. They also revealed the names of Sanaul, Mustafa, and Ziaul, who are all residents of West Bengal, and Raunak, a resident of Varanasi.

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Superintendent of Agra Railway Police Mohd Mushtaq Ahmed told India Today that a team of railway police personnel led by Inspector Vikas Saxena, was conducting routine checking on the Mathura Junction railway station when they nabbed three men in possession of a significant number of fake Rs 500 currency notes, partially printed notes, as well as genuine-looking security paper that was being used to print the currency.

In total, 300 fake currency notes worth Rs 1.5 lakh and several partially printed Rs 500 and Rs 2000 notes were seized.

CHINA INVOLVEMENT

Kaleemullah told the police that they were sourcing the security paper for the fake notes from a Chinese company called Guangzhou Bonedry Co Ltd. They used an online portal to buy the security papers which were available to anyone who wished to buy them.

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He further said that one sheet of security paper can print 4 fake currency notes worth Rs. 2000.The three were caught in possession of 36 such sheets, and they later confessed that they had a total of 550 sheets of security papers, enough to print fake currency notes worth Rs 2.75 lakhs. Apart from a “slightly off” texture of the paper, there was hardly anything that could tell the fake notes apart from a genuine note to a layman’s eye.

Kaleemullah confessed that the primary hub of this fake currency printing racket is in the Malda district of West Bengal, where he received training to print the currency notes on security paper sourced from China. After printing, the fake notes were sent to Raunak in Varanasi, who operated the supply chain of these fake currency notes in collusion with some railway employees.

According to a senior police official, the green ink used in the printing of Rs 500 currency notes was also being supplied by the Chinese company, which the police have now made co-accused in this case.

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NATIONAL AGENCIES INVOLVED

The National Investigation Agency (NIA), as well as the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) have been informed about the case and even the Reserve Bank of India has been roped in so that the extent of this near-perfect fake currency in circulation in the Indian markets could be assessed.

The official told India Today that going by the confession of the arrested culprits, fake currency notes worth tens of crores might already have been circulated by this gang in India. He said that since a Chinese company is involved in this case as the supplier of the security paper and ink used in printing the notes, it is also a diplomatic issue and the national agencies are being brought in to nullify the threat of fake currency in India.

Police teams have been sent to Varanasi, Malda, and Mumbai to arrest all the culprits linked to this racket.

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