Pak female held with 48 lakh fake Indian currencies in Dhaka

via published on October 23, 2011

Dhaka, Oct 20 (UNB) – A Pakistani woman was arrested at the airport here early Thursday with huge fake Indian currencies as Bangladesh is being used as a route to smuggle out fake currencies to neighbouring countries, especially India.

A team of the Detective Branch of Police arrested Shamim Naj, 47, a Pakistani female, from the canopy No-1 of the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.

During preliminary interrogation, Naj revealed that huge Indian Rupee is printed in Pakistan and then sent to Bangladesh via Dubai or other third countries. Later, most of the consignments have been smuggled out to India, according to DB officials.

Tipped off that a Pakistani woman would come from Dubai with huge quantity of fake Indian currency, a team of DB police was on alert at the canopy-1 of the airport.

The team challenged Shamim Naj, searched her hand language and recovered the fake currency of 48 lakh Indian rupee.

Later, briefing reporters at DB’s Minto Road office, Deputy Commissioner (DB-South) Monirul Islam said Shamim Naj is an active member of international fake currency smuggling syndicate. She had been in Bangladesh several times earlier with fake currencies and smuggled those out to India, he said.

The DC said the syndicate members had earlier come to Bangladesh from Karachi directly. But now they have been here from Pakistan via a Middle East country. “We got several names, including her husband, now in Bangladesh. We’re trying to trace those culprits out.”

He said the detectives recovered fake currencies around Tk 2 crore and arrested several people from Dhaka city recently.

The Detective Branch has intensified its anti-fake currency drive to check the circulation and printing of fake currencies in the country.

Replying to a question about foreign nationals who used Bangladesh as a destination or route to circulate fake currencies, DC Monir said, “We’ve already requested authorities concerned to be careful about the entry of foreign nationals who have no specific profession.

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