If Malda is the hub for the circulation of fake Indian currency nationally, Murshidabad, which also shares a border with Bangladesh, is surely the centre for the distribution of narcotics in India’s metropolitan cities.
As per the records compiled by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Malda contributes around 90% of the total counterfeit Indian currency circulated in India. The records of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) say that 60% of the drug peddlers arrested by the agency from 11 metropolitan cities during the last six months hail from Murshidabad.
As per the data shared by the NCB with the state excise department, three out of every five persons arrested by the bureau from the 11 metropolitan cities in connection with drug peddling are originally residents of Murshidabad.
“This is quite an alarming figure. We, on our part, are keeping a special vigil on Murshidabad at this point. As per the discussion we had with NCB officials, they strongly doubt that Murshidabad-based peddlers are sourcing their products from the main agents in Bangladesh and distributing the same in the metropolitan cities. These peddlers generally receive narcotics consignments that are manufactured in Malaysia,
which finally land up in Murshidabad via Myanmar and Bangladesh,” said a state excise department official.
Incidentally, in case of fake Indian currency, the trend is somewhat similar.
The Maldabased persons who are part of the racket collect their counterfeit currency from the main agents in Bangladesh and then circulate the same nationally through their pan-India network. The fake currency, mainly manufactured in Pakistan, then lands up in Malda via
As per the information shared by NCB with the state excise department, the drug peddlers mainly use two channels for distribution of narcotics like heroin and brown sugar in the 11 metropolitan cities.
“The first channel is direct selling in small quantities among night club revellers, school, college and university students or participants in the high-end private parties. The second channel is selling in comparatively larger quantities to the local sub-agents in these metro cities,” said the state excise department official.
However, he added, the peddlers who were arrested by NCB were surely not the main kingpins who run the rackets from Murshidabad.
“According to the NCB, those arrested are mainly receivers and distributors and some influential people are surely behind them, who are operating from underground in Murshidabad,” the state excise department official said.