Shillong, Nov. 19: The breakaway faction of the ANVC, the ANVC (B), today claimed that fake Indian currency to the tune of crores of rupees had entered the Garo hills region in the last few weeks.
“Garo hills is being exploited politically and economically, and strategies adopted are foolproof. Fake currency amounting not less than crores of rupees made way into the region in the last few weeks. It is sure to affect the economy,” ANVC (B) chairman Rimpu N. Marak said.
The main area of concern is the coal mining belt as payments made every week to the suppliers include thousands of fake currency notes, he said. “Simple and ignorant people fail to differentiate between the real and the fake,” Marak said.
Elections are around the corner. People should be aware of fake notes, which are making way into the region, he added.
“Do not encourage distribution of money in the elections. Coal traders must transact through banks, as it is the only way to detect fake notes. If this is not checked, we are sure to find Garo hills rolling back in time,” Marak said.