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Last Updated Saturday September 23 2017 02:01 AM IST

Fake notes in containers? Ports under intense scrutiny

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Fake notes in containers? Ports under intense scrutiny Representational image

New Delhi: Major ports in the country are witnessing a flurry of scrutiny after intelligence agencies received a tipoff that fake currency notes have been shipped to the country in four containers from Bangladesh and some West Asian countries.

Officers from the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence are searching for any forged copies of the new currency notes of 2,000 and 500 denominations in the Mumbai and Chennai ports. The Thughlakabad Inland Container Depot in Delhi has also come under scanner.

Every container that was shipped to the Chennai port after March 1 is being examined. None of them has left the port for security reasons. The scanning started on Friday. Top DRI officers from Delhi are working in Chennai.

The cargo movement at the port has ground to a halt though officials claimed that it was business as usual from Saturday afternoon.

The National Investigation Agency had seized fake notes of Rs 2,000 from Malda in Bengal recently. The person caught with the fake notes confessed that he sourced the notes from Bangladesh. The suspicion grew when a gang of 10 was arrested in Hyderabad with fake notes.

Both hauls pointed to an influx of fake notes into the country.

A similar warning was issued in Kerala in October 2006. Intelligence agencies had tipped off the police that a container full of fake notes had reached the Kochi port. An investigation followed but it reached nowhere. Not a single case was registered but huge hauls of fake notes have been reported from across Kerala since then.

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