The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has identified Darul Sheikh as the key operator who from Dhaka controls an international network dealing in the distribution and peddling of fake currency notes aimed at damaging the monetary stability of India.
The NIA is now investigating if Darul’s cartel is actively behind the recent spurt in “Fake Indian Currency Note (FICN racketeering” across cities such as Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata and Ahmedabad.
Also, the NIA is probing if Tajel Sheik alias Tiger Sheikh and Nasir Sheikh, residents of Malda in West Bengal close to the Indo-Bangladesh, who were arrested in March last year, were ‘employed’ by Darul to smuggle counterfeit Indian currency notes through the porous border into India. The agency had then seized fake currency worth Rs 9.8 lakh from the duo in demonetised denominations of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500.
Both Tajel and Nasir were charge-sheeted by the NIA in June this year.
The agency’s Terror Funding and Fake Currency (TFFC) cell is probing if Darul, a Bangladeshi national, has connections with terrorist groups and their leaders. The cell is also investigating whether he was in touch with members of the gang recently busted by the agency which used to convert demonetised scrap notes aimed at funding terrorists in Kashmir.
Mirror had reported on November 8 that NIA had busted a network with the arrest of two Mumbai residents and seven others who were held with old currency notes worth Rs 36 crore meant to be exchanged with the new currencies and eventually routed to terrorists in the Valley.
The NIA discovered the involvement of Darul for a second time on November 11 this year when it detained Rashid Khan, a Thane resident, Gagan Vyas from Satara and Iqbal Ansari from Palghar in Dholpur, Rajasthan. They were detained following tip-offs that Darul was trying to ‘strike a deal’ in fake currencies with a few other associates at Dholpur in Rajasthan.