Shillong, March 4: Bangladeshi elements suspected to have been aided by Pakistani agencies are tactfully trying to set up gadgets to print fake Indian currency notes (FICN) to carry out activities that is detrimental to the Indian economy.
This was revealed to The Sentinel by a senior sleuths working with the Indian security agencies besides disclosing that the issue came up during the quarterly joint intelligence meeting held in Shillong a couple of days ago.
While there have been no traces of any new FICN in the North east since the demonetization process, yet the inputs received suggested that some Pakistani agents are working towards producing the counterfeit Indian currencies, stated the source. “This has to be corroborated by our Bangladesh counterparts who have been co-operating with us in all fronts”, stated the source.
Isaac Kharkongor, the Deputy Commissioner of Central Customs and Excise (preventive) North eastern region confirmed that there are insinuations that have made us cautious on elements that may pump FICN to our country.
“After the seizure of FICN in Malda, West Bengal which are easily identifiable we prefer not to take chances,” stated Kharkongor, adding, “the seized notes in West Bengal indicated that the FICN pumped in from Bangladesh are scan copies of the new Rs 500 and 2000 notes and not the printed ones so far.”
BSF (Meghalaya frontier) Chief PK Dubey recently told The Sentinel that there are subtle inputs about possible strayed Bangladeshi elements falling prey to ISI agents. “We had taken this matter up with the agencies of our neighboring countries”, Dubey said. Sources said that since the November 6, 2016 exercise, not a single FICN has been intercepted along the Assam-Meghalaya and Tripura frontier. However, this does mean that the central and state central security agencies will stay complacent in view of the persistent endeavor of a hostile Pakistan to wage a proxy war against the Indian economy.
Meanwhile, an advisory from the Principal Adviser of the Reserve bank of India, Alpa Killiwala, has also reached the agencies concerned where it defined the salient features of the Rs 500 and Rs 2000 notes.