Islamabad, Dec 5: A racket involving a deadly cocktail of human trafficking and fake Indian currency has been busted in Bangladesh and yet again those in custody are from Pakistan. The amount in question was fake Indian currency to the tune of Rs 70 lakh.
Abdullah Selim, Jahangir, Abdul Khaleq, Kamrul Islam, Abu Sufian and Rasel were the ones to be held in Dhaka. Investigations showed that these men were in possession of Rs 70 lakh fake Indian currency, 9,125 US dollars, 21 Pakistani passports, seven Bangladeshi passports and a bunch of seals of different high officials.
The seals according to investigations were being used for passing papers in a bid to further the human trafficking racket.
Investigations would show that the notes and seals were prepared in Pakistan and then be brought down to Bangladesh. From Bangladesh, the fake notes would be pumped into India. Various probes conducted in India would show that the fake notes would land up at Malda in West Bengal and then circulated to different parts of the country.
The Bangladesh police say that the notes would be sold to an Indian gang. The price fixed was Rs 40 thousand for 1 lakh fake Indian currency. The money in turn would be circulated out of Malda. In many cases these fake notes were used to trade in cattle. The cattle traders have been the most hit as most of the notes that were given to them while purchasing cattle would be fake.
The magnitude of this racket is immense. This gang from Pakistan not only deals in fake currency, but also runs a major human trafficking racket. The Bangladesh police have in the past two years arrested 1,700 persons for circulating fake currency.