Optical Variable Ink: Pakistan copies most exclusive feature on theIndian Rs 2,000 note

Vicky Nanjappa

New Delhi, Sep 01: A worry for the Indian security establishment is that Pakistan has managed to copy some of the hi-tech features on the Rs 2,000 note.

This was discovered following a bust by the Special Cell of the Delhi police, in which it was found that an international syndicate was running a major fake Indian currency racket.

Officials investigating the case say that the worry is that the ISI, which runs this racket has managed to copy one of the main security features. The Optic Variable Ink which is used by India in printing the Rs 2,000 note has also been used by Pakistan, while printing the fake currency.

Govt denies report of scrapping of Rs 2,000 note, announces arrival of Rs 200 note soon

Officials say that the notes are being printed at the security press in Pakistan at the Malir Halt in Karachi. This is a clear indicator that the Pakistan state machinery is directly involved in this racket.

The high quality special ink used to print the Rs 2,000 note gives a colour shift effect. The colour of the thread changed from green to blue, when the note is tilted.

Recently the Delhi police busted an international syndicate that was running a fake currency racket. The officers who busted the racket said that the fake notes were being smuggled in from Pakistan and Nepal.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell), P S Kushwah said that a 27 year old man, Aslam Ansari alias Gultan, a resident of Birgunj, Nepal was arrested on the basis of a tip off. He was picked up when he was trying to meet an accomplice of his at a bus terminal in Nehru Place.

The police recovered from him a bag, which contained 275 fake notes in the denomination of Rs 2,000. The total face value of the notes is Rs 5.5 lakh. He revealed that he would bring the notes from Nepal and hand it over to his counterparts in Bihar. From here the notes were circulated to different parts of the country. He also said that the notes would also be pumped into India through Malda in West Bengal.

In another development, the Assam Police arrested 6 persons involved in the printing of fake currency notes in Samaguri area. A high-tech printing machine was also recovered from the possession of the six persons. The notes were all in the Rs 500 denomination.

It may be recalled that the government had last year informed the Parliament that since demonetisation, fake notes with the value of over Rs 13.8 crore had been seized. The notes were seized from the states bordering Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Over the years, West Bengal has become the biggest landing point for fake currency.

Recently, a probe by the National Investigation Agency revealed that a dedicated route between Bengal and Bengaluru had been set up. An accused Saddam Hossain had revealed that he had travelled to Malda (West Bengal) from Bangalore on the instructions of one Amirul Hoque and collected High Quality FICN from Roustam on four occasions in the year 2015. He also was part of a larger group of persons involved in smuggling of High Quality FICN from across the international borders and circulating it in Bengaluru, the NIA said.

Investigation revealed that one Akbar Ali had come to Bangalore from Assam in the year 2007 and was working in a florist shop. He was introduced into the FICN business by Hakim who is known to the uncle of AkbarAli.

Fake currency: 50 per cent of security features have been replicated in Rs 2,000 note

Akbar Ali was instrumental in forming a gang at Bangalore which was involved in trafficking and circulating the High quality FICN. He was a part of a larger conspiracy along with other accused persons mostly based in Malda, West Bengal in smuggling High Quality FICN.

Intelligence Bureau officials tell OneIndia that Pakistan with the help of Dawood Ibrahim continues to mastermind the fake currency racket in India. The push to flood the Indian markets with fake currency will continue and all police officials need to be on alert. The concern areas in India continue to be West Bengal, Bihar and the southern states, the IB official also adds.

Also Read:

After a brief hysteria, Pakistan dials down the aggression

India-Bangladesh stress on need of intelligence exchange to curb fake currency racket

Doctors in Assam call for 24 hrs strike in protest against assault of senior medic