NIA entrusted to probe fake currency racket in Mumbai


New Delhi : The National Investigation Agency (NIA), formed after the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, was Thursday tasked to take over yet another case relating to fake Indian currency notes that was being probed by Mumbai’s Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS).

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“The case was registered by the ATS last month in which some fake notes were seized and six people arrested. Preliminary investigations have revealed inter-state and international linkages,” said a home ministry official.

“Considering the international linkages and security ramifications of the case, the government decided to hand over the investigation of the case to the NIA.”

A home ministry official said there was need to probe the same thoroughly with a view to tracing the roots and networks for printing and circulation of the currency notes.

Earlier this week, the NIA was entrusted with probing two terror incidents in Assam allegedly perpetrated in the North Cachar Hills by the Dima Halim Daogah (DHD) headed by Jewel Garlossa.

The DHD (Jewel) has unleashed a reign of terror in the areas of Cachar, North Cachar Hills, Karbi Anglong and Nagaon districts of the state.

Cases have been registered by the Assam Police in which cash amounting to over Rs.100 million, weapons and mobile phones had been recovered and a number of people arrested.

Preliminary investigations have revealed that the funds were meant for an underground group for procurement of arms and ammunition and other terrorist related activities.