Were fake notes ‘printed in Pakistan’, seized in Delhi meant for UP elections?
From Pakistan it was being pushed into India via Nepal under the supervision of Pakistan’s Intelligence Agency, ISI, with an aim to destabilise the economy.assembly elections Updated: Feb 19, 2017 12:38 IST
Delhi Police suspect that the Rs100 fake Indian currency notes recovered from two persons in Sonia Vihar on Friday, were to be supplied to eastern part of Uttar Pradesh, where assembly polls are being conducted in seven phases.
Sources in the special cell said that the two men, Sanjeev, 31, and Arvin, 35, have disclosed that in the past two months, they circulated fake notes worth Rs 2 crore within Uttar Pradesh and Delhi-NCR, including areas of Noida and Ghaziabad.
“It is clear that the fake currency was being printed in Pakistan. From Pakistan it was being pushed into India via Nepal under the supervision of Pakistan’s Intelligence Agency, ISI, with an aim to destabilise the economy. These two men, who have been arrested, were just distributors. Their job was to take the consignment from eastern UP and then supply it to the areas where the demand was high,” a police source said.
“We have identified the person who used to get the fake currency from Nepal and deliver it to Sanjeev and Arvin for further supply and have sent teams to arrest him. This man had been dealing in fake currency notes for the past 12 years and has a vast network in Nepal,” he added.
Of late, the accused disclosed that there was high demand of fake notes from eastern and western UP, sources said. “They said that many persons who were involved in election rallies in UP had contacted them for the money and they had supplied it for election purposes. It is, however, not clear, if this money was distributed to people for votes,” a police source said.
Police sources said that one Iqbal Kana, a native of Shamli in western UP, who is currently in Pakistan is the one who facilitates the supply of fake currency in India.
“Kana has a good hold over UP and has several sources here who work for him. Kana pushes 80% fake currency to India through the porous Nepal, Malda and Bangladesh border, that is then transferred to UP and is further distributed from there. We suspect that the new Rs100 notes, too, were pushed from Pakistan by him,” a police source said.
The police have now taken the two accused to UP to help them identify the men who bought the fake currency from them. “More arrests are likely to take place in the case. The person who got the consignment from Nepal and gave it to these two for further supply will soon be arrested. Also, the buyers of the fake currency are also on our radar. What was the purpose of buying the fake currency will be clear once they are apprehended,” a police officer said.
The police also suspects that the accused supplied the fake currency to terror modules in India. Investigation in the matter is on.
First Published: Feb 18, 2017 23:40 IST