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New notes found on militants proves currency ban won’t impact terrorism: Congress

The Congress Party said on Wednesday that new notes found on the bodies of militants shatters the Centre’s claim that demonetisation will prevent terrorists from misusing Indian currency.

black money crackdown Updated: Nov 23, 2016 10:54 IST
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A cashier displays the new Rs 2000 banknotes inside a bank in Jammu.
A cashier displays the new Rs 2000 banknotes inside a bank in Jammu.(Reuters File Photo)

The Congress Party said on Wednesday that new notes found on the bodies of militants shatters the Centre’s claim that demonetisation will prevent terrorists from misusing Indian currency.

“This is quite serious. It seems that people (militants) already have access to the newly-printed notes. This means that the entire claim of the government that this (demonetisation) move is going to check counterfeiting of currency and its misuse by the militants. That has not succeeded at all,” Congress leader Om Prakash Mishra told ANI.

“What the government has attempted to do has much more to do with politics and elections. It has nothing to do with economics or development of country,” he added.

Mishra alleged that the demonetisation move was not about black money but about trying to protect a type of black money which is with the people who are close to the present ruling establishment.

On Tuesday, two new notes of Rs 2000 were recovered from the bodies of two terrorists, who were gunned down on in an encounter with security forces in Bandipora, Jammu and Kashmir.

Preliminary reports suggested that the duo -- both believed to be foreigners -- belonged to the Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist group, but their identities are yet to be ascertained.