12m counterfeit money was to be used in trade fair...

Dhaka, Wednesday   19 January 2022

12m counterfeit money was to be used in trade fair

 Staff Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 04:31 PM, 4 January 2022  

Arrested three

Arrested three

RAB (Rapid Action Battalion) seized 12 million counterfeit money which was to be used in the trade fair organized in Purbachal of the capital. RAB arrested three people  along with the money. 

RAB arrested them from a house in Pallabi area of ​​Mirpur of ​​the capital on Monday night. 1 crore 20 lakh counterfeit money and various equipments have been recovered from them.

The detained are- Sogir Hossain (48), one of the leaders of the gang with fake notes and his accomplice Mst. Selina Akhter Pakhi (20) and Ruhul Amin (33).

Earlier in 2017, Idris and Sogir were arrested with fake notes. After a years jail, they became involved in counterfeiting money again.

According to RAB, they planned to make huge amount of counterfeit money by focusing on various winter fairs, public gatherings, especially trade fairs organized in Purbachal.

At a press conference held at RAB Media Center at Karwan Bazar in the capital on Tuesday afternoon, Legal and Media Wing Director Commander Khandaker Al Moin said that a team of RAB-4 conducted a raid in Mirpur Model Police Station area on November 28 and seized counterfeit notes worth Tk 28.53 lakh. They arrested 4 active members of the manufacturing and selling cycle. 

He further said that during the preliminary interrogation of the arrested persons, the members of RAB-4 increased their surveillance knowing about the gangleader and other accomplices of the gang.

Following this, three people including Sogir Hossain, the mein culprit of the counterfeit note making gang, were arrested last night on the basis of secret information.

A large quantity of counterfeit notes worth Tk 1 crore 20 lakh, 5 mobile phones, 2 laptops, 1 CPU, 1 monitor, 3 printers, 1 hand air-drier and other equipment for making counterfeit notes were seized.

Commander Moin said that during interrogation, the detainees said that they had been making fake notes in different areas including Dhaka and Barisal for a long time and selling them to different people at low prices. There are 15 to 20 members involved in the cycle.

Khandaker Moin said that during the interrogation, Sogir said that at times during the COVID period, Sogir himself used the counterfeit notes in the local market. Several times he was caught by the common people. Usually at a fair, at a cattle market on Eid and at public gatherings, they used counterfeit notes using various techniques.

They had planned to make a huge amount of counterfeit money by focusing on the recent trade fairs in Purbachal and various festivals and fairs in the remote areas. He had been making counterfeit money for this purpose for a long time. Has made counterfeit money worth Tk 10 crore since 2017.