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Pakistan uses Bangladesh as transit route for FICN smuggling: BSF DG

IANS

NEW DELHI

Border Security Force (BSF) Director General K K Sharma on Friday launched a veiled attack on Pakistan accusing it of using Bangladesh as a transit route to smuggle fake Indian currency into India.

However, he claimed that the menace has come down since demonetisation.

Only 11 lakh Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN) have been seized so far this year and these were easily detectable because of its poor quality, Sharma said while addressing a joint press briefing with his visiting Bangladeshi counterpart Major General Shafeenul Islam, Director General, Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB).

Islam is heading a 14-member BGB delegation to India since September 3 to attend a five-day 47th DG-level bi-annual conference. The Chiefs of the two forces also signed a joint record of discussion on Friday before the BGB delegation left for Bangladesh.

Appreciating the efforts of BGB to curb the menace, the BSF DG said: “The BGB is also very alert and whenever they seize the FICN they try to find out where it is coming from. Mostly we find that Bangladesh territory is being used as a transit route for FICN smuggling. And, these fake notes come from our other friendly neighbour on the western side.”

“The quantum of smuggled FICN has come down since demonetisation and the quality also is not very good. Only 11 lakhs FICN has been seized this year so far. If we see the entire economy of the country, it is nothing. Earlier, the seizures in the entire years used to be in crores,” Sharma said.

He also sought Islam’s further cooperation in detecting FICN units operating in Bangladesh and launching legal prosecution against the culprits.

Acknowledging that FICN is a concern in Bangladesh too, Islam said: “We have installed our vigilance all along the borders, including machines to detect such notes. We have been constantly able to reduce the transaction of FICN”.

On Rohingya status, the BGB Chief said “we are keeping them confined to some specific areas allocated for them but yet there are some cases in which they are found slipping out and located at some other places in Bangladesh”.

The BSF DG, however, said a large number of Rohingyas were there in Bangladesh and from time to time some groups did try to enter India. “We did not let them in,” he said.

“So, there has not been any large scale influx of Rohingyas into India,” he said.

“Whatever Rohingyas are already there in the country, they are also under pressure at some places. So they are going to West Bengal which is likely (to be) friendly with them. They (West Bengal) even created camps for the Rohingyas coming from within the country not from Bangladesh.”

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