Fake Rs 2,000 notes were seized by a team of Special Cell, Northern Range that also arrested one Khalik Sheikh, 32, a resident of Malda in West-Bengal. The currency seized is almost on a par with the original, amounting to Rs 10 lakhs in value. According to the police, the recovered FICN appear to have been printed in a sophisticated printing unit having almost all the security features, including security thread and security watermark. It is very difficult for a common person to distinguish the recovered FICN from original currency.
The Special Cell was tipped off on Jan 21 that a key member of said syndicate would come near Anand Vihar Railway Station, Delhi to deliver big consignment of fake currency notes to one of his Delhi based contact. Immediately, a raiding party was constituted and a trap was laid down near Anand Vihar Railway Station, Delhi. This is the biggest catch of FICN after demonetization.
Khalik Sheikh belongs to a poor class family and was easily lured by one Ashfaq of Bangladesh, who is presently living at Malda to join his illegal trade of fake note smuggling. He disclosed that he has been transporting and circulating the fake currency to various parties in Delhi, UP and other adjoining areas for about last 3 years.