Pakistani, 5 others held with fake notes, passports
05 November 2015, Nirapad News: Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) detained six members of international currency smuggling gang, including a Pakistani citizen, with 1 crore fake Indian rupees, 21 Pakistani passports and countless fake seals.
On Thursday (3rd December) night, RAB conduced raids in two different areas –Uttara and airport– of the capital.
The detainees are; Jahangir (45) from Chandpur, Mamunur Rashid (46) from Patuakhali, Abdul Khalek (55) from Cox’s Bazar, Kamrul Islam Ridoy (28) from Bhola, Abu Sufyan (48) from Khagrachori, and Abdullah Selim (42) who is a Pakistani national.
RAB arranged a press conference at its headquarters on Friday (4th December) noon and outlined details of the raids.
Mufti Mahmud Khan of RAB’s press wing said that the force first arrested Abdullah Selim, Jahangir and Abdul Khalek, raiding Uttara area around 8pm.
At that time, RAB seized 70 lakhs worth fake Indian rupees, 9,125 US dollar, 21 Pakistani passports, one hundred Saudi riyal, seven Bangladeshi passports and different fake seals that were used for human trafficking.
Later at 1am, he added, Mamunur Rashid, Kamrul Islam Ridoy and Abu Sufyan were arrested from Al-Amin Restaurant, nearby the Babus Salam Mosque and Madrasa.
During that time, RAB seized 30 lakhs worth fake Indian rupees, more than six lakhs worth Bangladeshi taka, more than 13 thousand UAE currency, seven airport visitors’ cards, five mobile phones, four foreign SIM cards, some police clearance documents and travel permits.
Mufti Mahmud also said, from the preliminary interrogation, it came out that these people are helping hands of international mafia gang and they were co-operating the gang to perpetuate the illegal activities.
Main accomplices of the gang live in Pakistan. They used Bangladesh as a route to send fake Indian rupees with the help the six detainees, he added.
According to information revealed by the detainees, “Active members of the mafia gang’ reside in Shibganj area of Chapainababganj district”, he added.
Answering to another question of whether any airport officers or personnel involved with the gang or this group is linked to mafia don Dawd Ibrahim, Mufti Mahmud said that they are investigating and not sure about these links.