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Hyderabad: In what is being termed as a major catch post demonetisation, Border Security Force (BSF) seized 100 ‘high quality’ counterfeit currency notes in the denomination of the newly introduced Rs 2,000 worth Rs 2 lakh in Malda, West Bengal, early on Wednesday.

According to officials, BSF (South Bengal Frontier) received a tipoff that few persons were planning to smuggle fake Indian currency notes (FICN) into the country through the Bangladesh border. On Tuesday night, a team of 24 battalion personnel from BSF maintained vigil on the international border, officials said. Based on the specific intelligence input, the team laid an ambush at a mango orchid opposite Kachalink Road near



Duisatanigi bordering Bangladesh.
“Around 2.10 hours, while we were keeping a watch, a stranger appeared on the Bangladesh side of the border and threw a packet containing a bundle of FICN on the Indian side. Although our personnel tried to catch him, he escaped under the cover of darkness,” a senior BSF official told Telangana Today over phone from Malda.

The BSF team searched the area and recovered a bundle containing 100 high quality FICN notes from the bushes. “We suspect that the counterfeit currency came from Bangladesh and the source of the FICN is not known yet. But the FICN is in printed form and similar to small numbers seized earlier,” the official said.

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