Fake currency seizure at Khurda station: DRI hands over probe to NIA

Khurda: Just a day after sleuths of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) seized fake currency worth Rs 3 lakh from a traveller at Khurda Road Junction, the probing agency has handed over its probe to the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

The Bhubaneshwar Regional Unit of the DRI had seized fake Indian currency notes of Rs 2000 denomination (two  bundles- 100 PCs and 50 pcs) with the face value of 3 lakhs after intercepting a passenger travelling in Kamakhya-Yesvantpur Express at Khurda Road railway station on Saturday.

After investigation, the DRI found that the accused is a resident of Pahad Gav village in Sahebganj District of Jharkhand.

During the course of investigation, the accused identified as Simar confessed that he had allegedly collected the fake notes from a person at Kaliachak in Malda district. The person had reportedly collected the notes from neighbouring Bangladesh.

Sources said, Kaliachak is infamous for circulation of fake currencies into India. It is suspected that a major fake currency note racket is behind such operation as the accused is believed to have been engaged in transportation of the fake notes at regular intervals

Meanwhile, former top police official have urged the NIA to notify the foreign ministries of both India and Bangladesh after carrying out further probe.