NEW DELHI: A mega consignment of fake notes was seized during a Delhi Police special cell operation, assisted by the Border Security Force, from two tempos in south west Delhi’s Dabri area. The currency was packed in cloth bundles which had cardboard cabinets, similar to the way textile imported from Pakistan is packaged. Officials said that notes were of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denomination, and of such good quality that these could be detected only by trained eyes.
The notes were being counted till late on Thursday by special cell sleuths along with RBI officials. They have sought the help of NIA and CBI as both are nodal agencies for fake currency cases.
Sources said the consignment seemed to have been sent by Iqbal Kana, a Pakistan-based operative close to Dawood Ibrahim. The exact motive of sending such a large haul is being investigated. Sources say intelligence agencies have several inputs about more fake currency being pumped into northern states before the upcoming Assembly elections. Intelligence agencies and Delhi Police had been on the lookout for the consignment after getting a tipoff 10 days ago about a huge haul of FICN being smuggled into the country. On Thursday, a team managed to get hold of a tempo near Dabri carrying several gunny bags with cloth packets. Two suspected Indian nationals, identified as Mohammad Hasan and Abdul, were arrested with the tempo and interrogated.
They reportedly took the police teams close to a godown in Sitapuri’s B Block area near Dabri, where another tempo was found with similar bags containing fake currency notes. One more person, whose name was not disclosed, was arrested from there. The cops are looking for other suspects including a Pakistani national. “This is one of the biggest hauls in the country. The seized fake currency was sent from a foreign country.
It looks as good as original,” Delhi Police Commissioner B K Gupta said. On the possible route of the consignment, a source said, “It reached Delhi from Surat via road but we are confirming whether it has come through sea route or has been sent through some other channel. Usually Saudi Arabia and Nepal are used for fake currency smuggling in India”. This single seizure doubles the recovery of fake currency by Delhi Police in the past five years. Police have seized fake currency with face value of Rs 3.04 crore in the past five years.