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Pakistan      Seven persons including two policemen killed in separate incidents in Karachi
India      LWEs kill three persons including a BJP leader in Jharkhand
Pakistan      Three persons killed in separate incidents of target killing in Balochistan
India      Two militants killed and two civilians critically injured in two encounters in Assam
India      Two civilians killed in fresh incidents of Bodo-Muslim clash in Assam
India      HM militants kill Government run hotel employee in Srinagar
Pakistan      Soldier killed in mortar shell attack in FATA
India      Seven Policemen injured in landmine blast in Bihar
Pakistan      Bomb blasts in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
India      Explosives seized in Odisha
India      Maoists fell trees, block road in Andhra Pradesh
Bangladesh      Nine ICS cadres arrested from a training camp in Kushtia District
India      Four persons arrested along with FICN in Punjab
India      Four persons arrested along with FICN in Andhra Pradesh
Pakistan      Four suspected militants arrested in Punjab
India      28 NSCN-Khole-Kitovi militants join NSCN-K
India      UNC ban on Naga participation in Sangai festival
India      Interpol requested by India for Special Notice on Terror cases
Pakistan      Afghan Government welcomes Pakistan's agreement to release several Taliban prisoners
Bangladesh      Prosecution seeks death penalty against JeI leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee at ICT-1
Nepal      Parties to forge consensus on disputed issues, says PM Baburam Bhattarai
Sri Lanka      100 female LTTE soldiers will be recruited in Sri Lanka Army, says Sri Lanka Army spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya
India      Militants acting like local mafia, says Meghalaya Police finding
India      'D company' behind FICN ring, revealed Dawood aide Tahir Merchant

'D company' behind FICN ring, revealed Dawood aide Tahir Merchant

Tahir Merchant alias Tahir Taklya, an accused in the March 12, 1993 Mumbai (Maharashtra) serial blasts case and a close aide (cashier) of Dawood Ibrahim, has told the National Investigation Agency (NIA) that the underworld don and his company were behind the operation of smuggling in Pakistan-manufactured Fake Indian Currency Note (FICN) worth several crores of INR to India since 2007, Daily Poineer reports on November 16.

Taklya was left in the NIA’s custody for questioning in connection with the Karippur (Malappuram District of Kerala) counterfeit currency note case pertaining to the seizure of FICN worth INR 7.25 million from a passenger, Muhammad Alshad from Ras-al-Khaimah at the Kozhikode international airport at Karippur on August 16, 2008.

Tahir have told the NIA that FICN were manufactured in Quetta (Balochistan, Pakistan) from where it was taken to Dubai and Abu Dhabi by an agent of the Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) for smuggling in to India for destabilising the country’s economy and for mobilising funds for extremist operations.

According to Tahir, his source of Pakistan made FICN was one Imtiaz Ibrahim from Karachi (Sindh, Pakistan). Later Tahir would smuggle FICN into Kerala (mainly Kasaragood District) and other parts of India using passengers as couriers.

He further said fake currencies worth INR 100,000 were being exchanged for actual Indian notes worth INR 45,000. INR 33,000 of this would go to the Dawood while the remaining INR 12,000 would be distributed among the agents working at various levels. He told the NIA that Dawood’s brother Anees, stationed in Pakistan, was one of the persons controlling the operation.

Further, The Times of India reports that NIA will conduct a detailed probe on non-resident Keralites (NRKs) who acted as conduits for the racket. Tahir was earlier arrested by Sharjah Police in September 2008 for possessing FICN to the tune of INR 50 lakh. Tahir, who hailed from Mumbai, was working as manager of Al Sultan Furnishing and Carpet Shop, which had branches in Sharjah, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. He had sourced the fake notes from a Pakistani citizen identified as Ibrahim Bhai.






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