Fake currency racket with Pak links busted, J&K resident among five held | Bareilly News

Rampur/Bijnor: An international fake currency syndicate, being controlled from Pakistan and Thailand, was on Saturday busted in Amroha district with the arrest of five persons, including a Jammu and Kashmir resident. Counterfeit currencies of the US, Myanmar, Malaysia and Thailand having face value of Rs 15 lakh were seized by police in two raids conducted in Amroha and Moradabad districts. Computer scanners and other some machinery used in printing the fake currency were also seized.
Amroha Police said that the racket is being controlled by a Pakistan national, Gulzar Ahmad.
After the operation, Amroha superintendent of police (SP) Santosh Kumar Mishra said: “The gang was operating under the directions of a Pakistan national, Gulzar Ahmad. We have sought the help of National Investigation Agency (NIA) for the arrest of Ahmad, who is in Karachi right now.”
In its first raid late on Friday night, police arrested three persons– Pankaj Saini, Neeraj Saini and Mushtaq Ahmed Khan from Amroha. While Pankaj and Neeraj are residents of Moradabad and Amroha districts respectively, Khan belongs to Bandipora district of J&K.
The SP said, “The three persons were arrested from Hasanpur area of Amroha, from where police found fake currency notes worth Rs 5 lakh. Apart from Indian Rupee, the accused were printing currencies of the US, Myanmar, Thailand and Malaysia.”
During their questioning, the three accused revealed further information about the racket, the SP said.
“They gave us two more names, Gajendra Saini and Praveen Kumar, who were also involved in the syndicate of printing fake currencies in Moradabad district. So, on Saturday morning, a team of police and crime branch raided a house in Pital Nagari area of Moradabad and arrested the two men,” the police officer said.
The police team recovered fake currency worth over Rs 10 lakh from the house.
“During interrogation, Gajendra Saini told police that he went to Bangkok twice and once to Malaysia, where he met Karachi-based Gulzar Khan, a smuggler of fake currency notes. He also met a woman named Pooja in a hotel, who trained him in printing fake notes,” the SP said, adding that J&K resident Mushtaq was an agent of Gulzar, the kingpin of the syndicate.
The accused were later produced before a local court, which sent them to Moradabad district jail.

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