CRIME WATCH: Nagaland duo held with fake currency – problem counting ‘your’ money ?!!

The 'Gandhian Trust' criminalised ?!!



Siliguri, May 6: Two residents of Dimapur, one of them an employee of the Nagaland government, were arrested from New Jalpaiguri station last evening with fake currency with a face value of Rs 80,000. 

Officials of the Siliguri division of the customs, which, along with the directorate of revenue intelligence, had raided the Kanchenjungha Express said the fake notes had been brought from Bangladesh and were collected from Malda. 

“The arrested have been identified as Nepfusalu Rose, an employee of the animal husbandry department of Nagaland, and Biswajit Mushahari, associated with a church in Dimapur,” said S.K. Das, the commissioner of customs, Siliguri, at his office today. 

“Based on specific information, we had raided the Guwahati-bound Kanchenjungha Express at NJP. The two were arrested from S-4 compartment in which they were travelling in Berths 27 and 28,” Das said. 

He added that the fake currencies were in the woman’s bag. “When we wanted to search her luggage, she was reluctant. But later she relented and the counterfeits were recovered from her possession — 160 notes in denominations of Rs 500.” Preliminary interrogations have revealed that the two had stayed in a hotel on Station Road in Malda yesterday. They had collected the fake notes from two local persons and then boarded the train. 

“We have got the names of the two who had handed over the notes to them. But whether they (the arrested duo) were just going to deliver the currencies or were members of an organised racket (in which they had greater roles), we are yet to find out,” he said. 

According to sources in the customs department, the fake Indian currencies are smuggled in from Bangladesh through the north Bengal corridor. The India-Nepal border is another common route for the smuggling of counterfeits. 

“Although the duo said this was their first offence, we are not ruling out the possibility of their greater role in the racket,” a source said. 

Undertrial flees court, probe ordered – probably didn’t like the prison food ?!! 


Siliguri, May 6: An undertrial escaped from the Siliguri court premises yesterday, prompting a police inquiry to find out if there had been any dereliction of duty on the part of the constables guarding him. 

Police sources said Sameer Chhetri, a resident of Deolo in Kalimpong, had been arrested by Pradhannagar police on Tuesday evening under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940. Sameer was a drug addict and sedatives were recovered from him. 

“He was produced in the court of the additional chief judicial magistrate yesterday and as the constables were escorting him back to the lock-up about 50 metres away, Sameer managed to free himself and ran out of the campus,” a court source said. 

Immediately after the incident, policemen scouted the court premises and nearby areas but could not find him. 

Gaurav Sharma, the additional superintendent of Siliguri, has instructed Sitaram Sinha, the deputy superintendent of police (town), to conduct the inquiry.


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