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Terror-funding Pak kingpin held

Nepal police have uncovered a terror link between Kathmandu and Pakistan’s Karachi city with the arrest of members of a fake currency gang known to be funding extremist groups in Jammu and Kashmir.

world Updated: Dec 21, 2008 23:20 IST

Close on the heels of the Mumbai savagery, Nepal police have uncovered a terror link between Kathmandu and Pakistan’s Karachi city with the arrest of members of a fake currency gang known to be funding extremist groups in Jammu and Kashmir.

Aslam Ansari, a 58-year-old Pakistani from Karachi and one of the kingpins of the fake Indian currency racket spanning India, Nepal, Bangladesh and the Middle East, was arrested in Birgunj town located on the India-Nepal border.

Aslam, whose network spans major Indian metros like New Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata and whose aides are recruited from Bihar and the border towns in Nepal, was earlier arrested by Delhi Police in 2003 but escaped.

During his arrest in 2003, police had said that Aslam was supplying fake currency to militant groups in J&K. He was also said to have been recruiting young people from Bihar for military training in the Valley.

Along with Aslam, Nepal police also arrested Mohammad Jehangir, a 25-year-old from Bihar’s Sitamarhi district, and Nasim Ansari, a 27-year-old Nepali from the border district Bara.

India welcomed the investigation by Nepal police that ended with the busting of a fake Indian currency racket.