Fake currency trafficked through complex network spread in India, Bangladesh, Nepal

New Delhi, May 04: The NIA has filed a supplementary charge-sheet against two people, including a Nepali national, for their alleged involvement in smuggling Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN, officials said.

The supplementary charge-sheet was filed before a special NIA court in Patna under sections of the IPC and the UA(P) Act against two accused, Mohammad Baitullah of Bihar’s Kishanganj and Biltu Mahto of Nepal’s Dhanusha district.

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FICN racketeer from Kerala sentenced to six years imprisonment

New Delhi, May 04: A Special court of the National Investigation Agency convicted one Ali Hossain to six years imprisonment in connection with a fake currency case.

The case against Hossain was registered in 2018 following the seizure of fake currency notes of the Rs 2,000 denomination. The notes were recovered from his home at Palakkad district.

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NIA files chargesheet in Visakhapatannam fake currency case

New Delhi, Nov 28: The National Investigation Agency has filed a chargesheet in connection with the Visakhapatannam fake currency case.

Investigation revealed that accused Enamul Haque was involved in cross-border smuggling and circulation of FICN after procuring the same from his associates in Bangladesh.

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NIA looks to unearth cross border links in Kerala FICN case

New Delhi, Nov 17: The National Investigation Agency has filed a chargesheet in a Kerala court in connection with a fake currency case.

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Indo-US intelligence sharing reaches new heights

india-asks-us-embassy-not-to-screen-movies-at-american-centre_040114120930India and the United States of America have decided that they will cooperate in the fight against terrorism. India had always viewed the United States with a certain amount of suspicion in the war on terror and especially when it came to intelligence sharing.

The talks held between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President of the United States, Barack Obama appeared to ironed out some of the differences on intelligence sharing and have jointly decided to cooperate on this front.

Both India and the US have been unlikely partners when it came to intelligence sharing. The constant crib by several officers of the Intelligence Bureau was that the US had been selective in passing on information.

The allegations of selective intelligence being shared by the US reached its peak during the 26/11 attack and the investigations that followed. The David Headley episode only worsened matters with India pointing a finger at the US and accusing it of hiding this man from the world when it all along knew what he was up to.

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Islamic extremist ideology-SIMI the fountainhead

terrorniaThe First National Investigation Day and First Shri Radha Vinod Raju Memorial Lecture by M K Narayanan, Governor of West Bengal:

Topic

National Security: The Expanding Terrorist Dynamic

The subject of my Lecture today will be ‘National Security: The Expanding

Terrorist Dynamic.’ I have taken the liberty of changing the title of the Lecture

from Dimension’ to ‘Dynamic’ given the rapidly evolving nature of terrorism”. Terrorism today is ‘dynamic’ rather than static’, and hence I felt that ‘dynamic’ is more appropriate to describe the phenomenon than ‘dimension.’

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FICN, 2G etc etc-D is everywhere

When the Indo-Pak talks recommence the man which India would be seeking the most is Dawood Ibrahim. He is India’s biggest menace and his network continues to be extremely strong in the country and the police force does not appear to be doing enough to stem this rot, the Intelligence Bureau says.

Be it a match fixing scandal, fake currency, drug racket and now the infamous 2G scam, they all have imprints of the notorious Dawood Ibrahim, security agencies point out. Sources say that the talks between the two countries will focus largely on the D factor and India will hand out proof of his existence at Karachi and how he is being sheltered by the ISI.

In the past two weeks, the D gang has figured in two very major incidents. The death of Sadiq Batcha and now the match fixing scandal. When Batcha committed suicide it was said by investigating agencies that there was a huge hawala racket attached to this scam which the police were all set to bust. Unfortunately the name of Dawood figured in this hawala transaction as such things involving such huge chunks of cash can be done only by someone like Dawood and his men. The CBI’s was planning on questioning Balwa whose company the intelligence suspect had links with the D gang.

Proof of the Dawood Ibrahim link to the 2G scam comes out in the open now, with membes of his gang handing out a threat to blow up the CBI office in New Delhi. The CBI is in possession of documents which pin point to the D connection and further probing would have gone on to reveal the exact link between this gang and a host of other Indians who were involved in this scam. The CBI has informed the Ministry of Home affairs regarding this threat and security has been beefed up around the CBI office which houses the documents pertaining to the multi crore 2G scam. In addition to this security has also been beefed up in the other centres of the CBI which is handling the 2G spectrum scam.

The other issue that connects the D gang is the latest revealation of the Australia-Zimbabwe game being fixed. The police have claimed that they picked up three men belonging to the D gang who had fixed the game. The anti corruption wing of the ICC has been informed about the same. It is said that the men indulged in spot fixing as a result of which the Aussies had scored slowly in the first ten overs of the game.

The Aussies have however rubbished this and say that the ICC is not looking into any such charge. Sources however point out that the matter is still in a very preliminary stage and the interrogation of the three men will throw more light on the case. It is hard to come to any conclusion whether the match was fixed or not. The three men who were picked up were in the same hotel to do the same thing that is being alleged. Whether they managed to get access to the players and whether they did finally manage to convince them is something which will trickle in soon.

While there is confusion over the fixing of this game, the security agencies say that the D gang is very much into this business. It is rated at number 3 in their list of notorious activities after fake currency and hawala. They have their men all over the world who manage this business and despite tracking down almost every move, they still do manage to get in touch with the players through international calls which suggests that a large part of the fixing is also done from outside the country.

While these are issues that will come up for discussion during the talks between the two nations, it looks like India is finally accepting that the D gang did have a role to play in the 26/11 attack. Despite the media reporting it over and over again, the investigators had refused to accept that the D gang was even remotely involved in this incident. Today India finds the need to investigate deeper into the D connection to the 26/11 attack. The issue of local help has always been a question mark and despite David Headley singing in front of the NIA, they have never been establish the local link properly. During the talks the D issue will be debated with Pakistan and India will go that extra mile to point out the importance of Dawood.

The IB says that getting Dawood is like almost putting an end to most of India’s troubles. He is a key player in the terrorist rung in India since he continues to be their primary funder. Be it through money earned by drug smuggling or fake currency racket or even a hawala transaction, nearly 40 per cent of this money lands up with the ISI which uses it for terror operations.

India will hand out a dossier which would include the name of Dawood and 400 other terrorists who are believed to be sheltered in Pakistan. Security agencies however say that it appears highly unlikely that Pakistan will hand over custody of Dawood since they would not want the ISI to lose their trump card. His custody would spell doom not only for operations in Pakistan but will also reveal the big names in India who have been associated with him in the past many years.

Rs 170k worth FICN in Indian Market


Rupees one hundred and seventy thousand crore (Rs 170,000 crore) is believed to be the amount of fake Indian currency that has been circulated in India in the past five years. Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh [ Images ] had said in a recent conference that fake currency continued to be India’s primary concern in its war against terror.
Various security agencies have preparied reports on the issue and say most of the fake currency floating around has been pumped in in the past five years. While it is a known fact that Pakistan’s Inter-Services-Intelligence continues to be the major sponsor of this activity, the worry is that despite steps being taken to counter this menace, they are deriving newer techniques to outwit security agencies.
Indian agencies have managed to stop smuggling of counterfeit notes from the Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan borders, to a large extent. This has prompted the terror groups to shift their focus to Dubai and Saudi Arabia to send fake currency into India.

The IB believes that the terror groups have altered the manner in which they transporting fake currency. At first, terror operatives who used to infiltrate into the country were used as mules to transport fake currency. After this was exposed, they decided to use the migrant labour class working in the Middle East. However following a big haul in Hyderabad prior to the twin blasts, the ISI had no option but to change this modus operandi as well.
Now terror groups look to women to carry out this task. Signs of women being used to transport fake notes came to light when the Research and Analysis Wing picked up three women from Maharashtra while they were circulating fake currency.
Until six months ago, Maharashtra was a major landing ground for fake currency. However now operations are believed to have been shifted to Hyderabad, since terror groups feel that it is a safer bet following the 26/11 attacks. The IB says although the base has been shifted to Hyderabad, the remote control is still very much in Maharashtra.

Fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim’s aide Hamza who was arrested recently revealed that Dawood helped a great deal in this racket and was constantly pumping fake notes along with consignments of arms and ammunition into India. He has been using his network in Dubai and other countries in the Gulf to further this operation, Hamza said.