Kolkata: The Border Security Force (BSF) has seized 200 fake currency notes of Rs2,000 denomination in two separate cases near the India-Bangladesh International Border (IB) in West Bengal.

In the first case, a BSF patrol seized fake notes with face value of Rs3 lakh near the IB fence gate in the Churiantpur area of Malda around 11.45pm on Sunday.

The seizure was made after suspected smugglers flung a packet into the Indian side from across the border.

While the smugglers managed to escape taking the benefit of darkness, the patrol party seized the packet which has 150 fake notes of Rs2,000 denomination, the BSF said.

The second incident was reported from the Farakka area in Murshidabad district on Monday when the BSF troops intercepted a Jharkhand-based man on a tip-off.

Fifty fake currency notes of Rs2,000 was seized from the man, they said.

“Genuine currency totaling Rs1,350, a mobile phone, an Aadhaar card and a driving licence was recovered from the man identified as R K Mondal (31)," a senior officer said.

Both the cases have been transferred to the local police, they added. With this, the BSF has so far seized FICN (Fake Indian Currency Note) of face value Rs6.96 lakhs this year in four instances near the border area.

The Kaliachak and Malda areas of West Bengal along the border are notorious for FICN smuggling.

In 2016, BSF’s South Bengal Frontier (comprising five border districts of West Bengal) had seized fake currency with face value of over Rs1.47 crore and arrested 19 smugglers.

The trend is being witnessed post demonetisation too although the trickle is slow, the officer said.

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