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Fake currency notes each of Rs 2,000 denomination with total face value of Rs 1 lakh was seized by the BSF along the Indo-Bangladesh International Border in West Bengal's Malda district today. Around 12:45 PM a BSF patrol party found a packet in a mango orchard near the Churiantpur border post area of Malda during an operation to nab fake Indian currency notes (FICN) smugglers active along this border, officials said. While no smugglers were found in the area, they said the packet seized by the patrol party had 50 fake currency notes, each of Rs 2,000 denomination, with a total face value of Rs 1 lakh. The seized fake notes have been handed over to the Kaliachak police.
With this, the BSF has seized FICN with face value of Rs 22.98 lakh and apprehended two smugglers so far this year from the border area here, the officials said. Kaliachak and Malda areas of West Bengal, which are along the border with Bangladesh, are notorious for fake Indian currency smuggling. Last year, the BSF's South Bengal Frontier (comprising five border districts of West Bengal) had seized fake currency with face value of over Rs 1.47 crore and arrested 19 smugglers.