Four get life imprisonment in fake currency case

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New Delhi: A National Investigation Agency (NIA) special court in Patna today awarded life imprisonment to four persons after finding them guilty in a Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN) case.

The convicts were identified as Afroz Ansari, Sunny Kumar alias Kabir Khan, Ishraful Alam and Alomgir Sheikh. The NIA court charged them with committing a terrorist act (damaging the monetary stability of India by way of smuggling and circulation of the high-quality FICN under sections 120B, 489B of IPC and Sections 16, 18 & 20 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 1967).

The NIA investigated a case relating to recovery of Fake Indian Currency Notes of face value Rs 5,94,000 from an accused named Afroz Ansari of Ramgarh in Jharkhand by the DRI on September 19, 2015 from Ramgarhwa, Motihari, East Champaran, Bihar.

The accused was carrying this consignment of FICN to Raxaul, near the Indo-Nepal border, for further delivery in Nepal.

During the investigation by NIA, it emerged that a syndicate of FICN smugglers was involved in procuring fake currency smuggled from Bangladesh for supplying it to Nepal and various parts of India. Further investigation into the matter led to the recovery of additional FICN of face value Rs 3 lakhs from an accused Almgir Sheikh alias Raju, a resident of Malda, West Bengal.

The forensic examination of the seized notes revealed it to be High-Quality Fake Indian Currency Notes. Based on the evidence collected during the investigation, eight accused persons were arrested by the NIA.

They were Sunny Kumar alias Kabir Khan of Nawada, Bihar, Ishraful Aalam of Malda, West Bengal, Alomgir Sheikh alias Raju of Malda, West Bengal, Umar Faruk alias Firoj of Malda, West Bengal, Sanjay Kumar of Raxaul, Bihar, Munna Singh of Bettiah, West Champaran, Bihar and Asikul Islam of Malda, West Bengal.

The charge sheet was filed against Afroz Ansari, Sunny Kumar, Ishraful Alam and Alomgir Sheikh on July, 22, 2016, whereas supplementary charge sheet was filed against Umar Faruk and Munna Singh on April 17, 2017.

Absconding accused Mohammed Raeesuddin of Malda, West Bengal was recently arrested on September 26. All the accused persons are in judicial custody at Beur Jail, Patna. The trial against the remaining accused persons is going on.

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