In the biggest seizure of fake Indian currency notes (FICN) in Bihar after demonetisation of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 currency notes, late last year, the Bihar police seized spurious notes worth Rs 33 lakh from Darbhanga and Katihar districts of north Bihar, on Thursday.
Official sources said the FICN seized was made up of currency notes mainly in denominations of Rs 2,000, 500 and 100. “The fake currency notes appear to be of high quality”, said an official.
The seizure of FICN came after the government railway police (GRP) personnel arrested two persons - namely, Udesh Mandal of Katihar in north eastern Bihar and Sufal Choudhary of Madhubani, in north Bihar, from circulating area of the Darbhanga railway junction .
Confirming the seizure, Muzaffarpur rail SP B N Jha said acting on a tip-off, a GRP team caught the two persons and recovered of Rs 1.2 lakh in FICN from them.
During his interrogation, Mandal confessed that Mohammad Nehal of Purnia district had provided him Rs 99.200 in Rs 100 denomination notes, and 2500 notes in new 500 denomination, for supply to Choudhary.
He also confessed that a huge amount of money in cash had been kept at his native Ayodhyaganj village under Kursela police station of Katihar district. Jha immediately informed Katihar SP Siddharth Mohan Jain, who ordered a search of Mandal’s house.
During the search, the police recovered 10 bundles of Rs 2,000 denomination currency notes, nine bundles of Rs 500 notes, 2,394 numbers of Rs 100 denomination, thirty-nine pieces of Rs 50 notes and 795 numbers of old Rs 500 notes.
“The entire sum seized added up to Rs 33 lakh”, said an official.
SBI and central bank of India officials who checked the seized currency pronounced them as fake. A case has been registered and probe into the matter is in progress.
Appreciating the role of the GRP in the huge seizure, Bihar director general of police (DGP) P K Thakur said the seized currency would be sent to FSL as well as RBI for detailed examination. The two arrested persons were being interrogated by the police and other agencies.