The notes were seized from an Azizur Rahman who told investigators they had been printed with the help of the ISI, the Pakistani intelligence service. Photograph: (Reuters)
The Border Security Force seized at least 40 notes in Murshidabad on February 8
The Indian Express reported Monday that the Border Security Force had caught fake Rs 2,000 notes at the India-Bangladesh border.
The report said the notes had been printed in Pakistan.
The report said the BSF caught at least 40 fake Rs 2,000 notes.
The notes were seized in Murshidabad on February 8 from Azizur Rahman (26), who hails from Malda in West Bengal.
Rahman told investigators that the notes were printed in Pakistan, allegedly with the help of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), and had been smuggled across the border from Bangladesh.
Meanwhile, the BSF is in talks with Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for imparting of training to its troopers for identifying fake notes smuggled through the Indo-Bangla border.
The paramilitary force and intelligence agencies are having sleepless nights over consignments of counterfeit Rs 2,000 notes being seized from the border in past one month.
"The amount of counterfeit notes that has been recovered by security agencies is a matter of concern. The security features have been expertly replicated, half of the security features of the new Rs 2,000 notes is there in the fake notes. We are in talks with RBI for a training program for our soldiers," said a senior BSF official.
Smugglers were reportedly required to pay Rs 400-600 in genuine currency for each fake Rs 2,000 note, sources said citing interrogation records.
(This report first appeared in DNA)