Counterfeiters use migrants as mules:
AP police is now concentrating on settlement colonies across AP following inputs that fake currency is being circulated by gangs from these colonies.
The police is hot on the money trail these days, after it was found that the counterfeitnotes had travelled from Darbhanga to coastal AP through various means.
Darbhanga, sometimes called door to Bangladesh” has become a key route from Bihar for the smugglers, as Malda of West Bengal has been under the police scanner, according to sources close to the special branch.
The sources said that the modus operandi is simple: Transport counterfeit notes through migrating labour to Vijayawada from Chhattisgarh and Odisha. Though police refrain from revealing the details, investigations are on in parts of Srikakulam district and parts of Palnadu in Guntur district, from where the gangs are reportedly distributing the fake currency for circulation incrowded places and at major religious congregations.
In fact, gangs earlier caught by the city police comprised offenders from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal.
The NLA suggests that Malda houses one of the biggest hubs of counterfeit currency and 95 per cent of these notes are circulated in the country from here.
Now, the AP police is concentrating on the route chosen by the settlement gangs, and also the modus operandi adopted by them in distributing the counterfeit notes.
All the notes that are smuggled into India land up first in Malda, according to NIA. However, the AP police has been able to establish a strong case of the involvement of settlement gangs from the erstwhile British colonies of Guntur and Visakhapatnam districts.
However, if one can looks at the gangsarrested by the CCS police, it is clearly established that a majority of the gang members are from West Bengal, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Odisha.