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BSF taps BGB on fake notes

Guwahati, April 30: The BSF personnel manning the border in lower Assam’s Dhubri district have sought the help of Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) to catch three Bangladeshi nationals suspected to be involved in smuggling and circulation of fake currency notes on the Indian side of the border.

Sources in the Guwahati frontier of the BSF today said involvement of the three Bangladeshis — Rafiqul Ali, Rahimul Ali alias Azad and Sahidul Ali, hailing from Kurigram district of the neighbouring country — was revealed during interrogation of a suspected smuggler, Ranjit Kumar Roy, arrested yesterday.

Roy, a resident of Bhogdanga village close to the border under Golokganj police station in Dhubri district, was arrested with fake Indian currency notes amounting to Rs 49,500.

“Roy was handed over to Golokganj police station for action as per our law. Since he revealed the names of three Bangladeshis, we shared the information with the BGB for appropriate action from its end. If it steps up pressure against the criminals involved in smuggling fake Indian notes, they may try to sneak into the Indian side of the border and we can arrest them. Since Bhogdanga village is close to the border, criminal gangs active in Bangladesh operate with their partners on the Indian side and smuggle the currency notes, taking advantage of the location,” a BSF source said.

The India-Bangladesh border in three sectors — Dhubri in Assam and Falakata and Cooch Behar in Bengal — come under the jurisdiction of the BSF’s Guwahati frontier. Assam shares 263km of international border, of which 134km is in Dhubri district.

Based on specific inputs from the intelligence cell of the 71st battalion of the BSF, an eight-member team led by inspector K.B. Singh carried out a search following which Roy was arrested. The consignment included 99 notes of Rs 500 denomination, two mobile handsets, three SIM cards including one Bangladeshi SIM (Djuice) and two memory cards. “The notes are of superior quality and we are going through the call records to identify others involved in the illegal act,” the source said.

During interrogation, Roy told the BSF team that he had procured the notes from Rafiqul Ali of Dhalwabari village in Kurigram district of Bangladesh. He also revealed the names of two other conduits — Sahidul Ali of Nageswari village and Rahumul Ali of Balabari village in Kurigram district — who often supply fake notes to two suspected Indian racketeers — Tayeb Ali and Uttambar Rai — in Dhubri district.

Drug peddlers, cattle smugglers and fake note racketeers often take advantage of the interior riverine areas on the border.


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