Allahabad: The arrest of one SIMI agent and seizure of fake currency notes from different districts of Uttar Pradesh are giving sleepless nights to the security agencies. Following which, the National Investigative Agency (NIA) has now decided to keep a tab on as many as 40 districts in the state.

It was reported that in August 13, 2008, one SIMI agent Amir Mehfuz was arrested from the Ghurpur locality of Allahabad, and in September, five other persons were nabbed with fake currency worth Rs 1.5 Lakh .Similar arrests were made in different districts of the state including Kanpur, Allahabad, Lucknow, Meerut, Agra, Varanasi, Ghazipur, Mau and Azamgarh.

But on January 6, 2012, Morjan Hussain and Rakib Shekh along with their two aides who were arrested by the NIA revealed that the Pakistan’s secret agency ISI was involved in running the fake currency racket. Not only this, its modules were also active in West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh.   

These agents were also given the responsibility of spreading the network of fake currency in India.

After getting a tip-off, the NIA nabbed one agent Salim from Moradabad district of UP, three from TN, and one each from Delhi and Karnataka.

The NIA also received information that the fake currency were brought into the Indian Territory from Bangladesh via Bihar, West Bengal and from Nepal via districts of UP including Gorakhpur, Gonda and Bahraich.

The fake currency is reaching its destination by road and rail network in as many as 40 districts including Allahabad, Varanasi, Mau, Ghazipur, Gorakhpur, Gonda, Basti, Bahraich, Kanpur, Meerut, Azamgarh, Jaunpur and Saharanpur.

Meanwhile, NIA’s nodal officer in UP, Rajiv Sabbarwal, has given strict instructions to the team to bust the network of fake currency.

(JPN/ Bureau)