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Fake note seizure

Patna, Jan. 8: Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) personnel today nabbed two persons at Muzaffarpur railway station and recovered fake currency worth Rs 4.91 lakh from them.

Fake currency with a face value of Rs 13 lakh was seized in three operations by DRI in the state in the past two weeks and five persons were arrested.

Acting on a tip-off, a team of DRI personnel from Patna intercepted Manoj Kumar and Bajesh Sahni when they alighted from Amrapali Express at Muzaffarpur railway station this morning and made the seizure.

Sources said the arrested duo told interrogators that they boarded the train at Katihar close to the India-Nepal border and were on way to Motihari in East Champaran district.

They claimed to have received the consignment sourced from Bangladesh.

DRI officials claimed that they had been tipped off about huge flow of fake Indian currency from Bangladesh by operatives of Pakistanís Inter Services Intelligence.

ďA close vigil is being maintained in the bordering districts of Bihar on the basis of intelligence inputs,Ē a senior DRI officer said.

He said the seizure of fake currency notes in the past two weeks hinted at a strong network of fake Indian currency dealers in the state.

On December 31, 2012, DRI sleuths nabbed a homeguard jawan, Sheshnath Mahto, and his associate Anil Tanti from Ramgarhwa railway station in West Champaran district and seized fake currency worth Rs 3.86 lakh from their possession.

The duo, who were on their way to Raxaul by Mithila Express to deliver the consignment brought from Bangladesh, tried to dodge DRI personnel by changing trains but landed in the trap at Ramgarhwa railway station, sources said.

In two other operations, fake currency worth Rs 8 lakh was seized.

In July last year, another government employee, Mansoor Ahmad, was arrested from Muzaffarpur with fake currency worth Rs 24.5 lakh, they added.

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