The Special Task Force (STF) of Kolkata Police on Friday arrested two wanted fake currency operators of the country. The duo were arrested in South Dinajpur.
According to sources,29-year-old Jiaul Haque and 28-year-old Jinnat Sheikh alias Teru of Sasharitola of Kaliachawk in Malda were picked up from the residence of one Zaidur Sheikh of Harirampur in South Dinajpur. Significantly,no consignment of fake currency notes were seized from them.
These two men are operators of a big fake notes cartel in the country. They are wanted in several states. As far as we know till now,the duo are not directly linked to the terror groups. However,we have information these two men are part of a cartel,which supplies fake notes to several other groups which carry the consignment to the terrorist groups. The duo used to recruit carriers in the area who used to collect the consignment from the border villages in Bengal and deliver the consignments to the main handlers of the racket, said a senior STF official.
On October 15,in a joint raid with the BSF and police,National Investigation Agency (NIA) had arrested one Badal Sheikh of Mohanpur village in Kaliachawk area in Malda,the alleged counterfeit capital in India. According to sources in BSF,Sheikh has links with Hizbul Mujahideen. He was taken to Delhi by a special team of NIA. The BSF team,however,could seize a consignment of only Rs 20,000 from Badal.
Sources said that name of Badal surfaced after police arrested Mohammad Salim Sheikh – also a part of the FICN curtail – of Kaliachawk in July,2011. Salim is said to have told the investigators that Badal is the kingpin of the racket. Salim was later taken to Jammu by a team of NIA.