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Gujarat reported highest fake currency seizure after notes ban: Govt

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Fake notes with face value of over Rs 13.8 crore were seized in the country post-demonetisation and the highest seizure of over Rs 5.94 crore was reported from Gujarat, the Lok Sabha was informed today.

In response to a question, of State for Home Affairs, Hansraj Gangaram Ahir said as per the data available with the (NCRB), Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN) of face value Rs 13.87 crore were seized in states bordering Nepal, and from November 09, 2016 till June 30 this year after notes ban.

According to the data provided by the minister, fake currency notes with face value of Rs 5.94 crore were seized from Gujarat, the highest in the country, followed by Rs 2.19 crore in Uttar Pradesh, Rs 2 crore in West Bengal, Rs 1 crore in and Rs 1 crore in among others.

"Intelligence and security agencies of the Centre and states keep a close watch on the elements involved in the circulation of fake currency in the country and take action on any reported violation of law," the said.

Citing steps taken by the government to curb their smuggling and circulation, he said the production or smuggling or circulation of fake currency, coin or any other material was made a terrorist act under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.

He said (FCORD) was formed by the MHA to share intelligence/information among the different security agencies of the state/Centre to counter the problem of circulation of fake currency notes in the country.

"A Terror Funding and Fake Currency Cell (TFFC) has also been constituted in the NIA to investigate terror funding and fake currency cases," he said.

The said the steps include strengthening security at international borders by using new surveillance technology, deploying additional manpower for round the clock surveillance, establishing observations posts along the international border, erection of border fencing and intensive patrolling.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between and to prevent and counter smuggling and circulation of fake currency notes, he added.

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First Published: Tue, August 07 2018. 15:35 IST