The Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) on Friday arrested a Nepal-based alleged supplier of fake Indian currency notes (FICN) having links with Pakistani Inter-services Intelligence (ISI).
Imran Ahmad Teli was arrested from Lucknows Qaiserbagh area carrying FICN in denomination of Rs 1,000 of value of over Rs 5 lakh wrapped in an English daily published from Pakistan. He was caught while he was about to catch a bus for Rupaidiha area on Nepal border,said Additional DG Law and Order Arun Kumar.
Kumar said that Imran,a native of West Champaran of Bihar who settled in Veerganj of Nepal over a decade ago,was a big supplier of FICN. He was heading the syndicate at present since Nepal-based kingpins of FICN Yunus Ansari,Altaf alias Munna,Pramod Kushwaha,Lal Mohammad Thapa and Upendra Chaudhary were arrested and lodged in a Nepal jail.
The ADG added that Imran had travelled to Pakistan twice on a Nepalese passport through Bangladesh and Nepal in January 2010. He had been in regular touch with a Pakistan-based customs officer,Aslam Chaudhary,who is allegedly an ISI agent and looks after FICN trade,the ADG said.
He said that before joining the FICN racket,Imran used to deal in an olive business in Nepals Veerganj along with his uncle and brother-in-law in 2006. After suffering a huge loss in the business in 2008,Imran came in contact with an FICN dealer Sajid Ansari alias Sajid Master of Bihars Raxaul and entered into the trade.
Imran became close to kingpins of Nepal-based FICN syndicate Yunus Ansari and others and started handling the trade of receiving FICN from Pakistan in Nepal and circulating it in the Indian market through various agents.
The ATS officials said that Imran was introduced to Pakistan-based FICN suppliers through a Pakistani national Aslam in 2009 who is lodged in Nepals Veerganj jail.
Imran reportedly confessed having received FICN of value of Rs 15-20 crore from Pakistan-based ISI agents Aslam Chaudhary,Irshad Chaudhary,Aslam Shera,Razzak Marphani,Jameel Bhatti and Javed during the last three years.
The ADG said that Imran started receiving FICN through couriers who used to land in Nepal via Hongkong,Malaysia,Dubai and Singapore since various police agencies in India unearthed the racket and seized fake currency of value of several lakhs in the past year.
He had left Nepal after FICN consignments of value of Rs 50 and 30 lakh,which were sent through international courier,were seized in Nepals Veerganj in January and June,respectively. He had been hiding in various cities of India since then and was being helped by an alleged ISI agent Iqbal Kaana alias Hafiz of Kairana area in Muzaffarnagar.
Arun Kumar added that Imran has confessed that he had been asked by Pakistan-based operatives of ISI and Lashkar-e-Toiba to recruit Indian youths and send them for training in Pakistan.