There has been a spurt in recovery of fake Indian currency notes (FICN) and poppy husk by the Border Security Force (BSF) this year as compared to last year.
The BSF has witnessed over 200 per cent increase in the recovery of poppy husk, while over 12 per cent increase has been noticed in the recovery of FICN.
In the last seven and half months from January to August this year, the BSF seized FICN with the face value of over Rs 52 lakh, while the total recovery of FICN in 2012 was around Rs 46 lakh.
Similarly, the BSF has recovered around 246 kg of poppy husk till August 16 this year, as compared to just 5.5 kg recovered in 2012.
BSF sources said that supply of FICN from Pakistan have increased manifold this year as they (Pakistanis) want to weaken the Indian economy. Sources said that recovery is much less as compared to the actual smuggling because all attempts cannot be checked even by the BSF.
BSF’s Inspector General, Punjab Frontier, Aditya Mishra said that though there has been an increase in the supply of FICN, alertness thwarted many attempts of supplying such currency to Indian through Punjab borders. He, meanwhile, said the supply of poppy husk has increased manyfold and the reason is that largescale of it is being smuggled to Punjab from Rajasthan.
The FICN is smuggled through the state, which is considered a safe heaven for smugglers, and carried to not only big cities like Mumbai and Delhi but also many other small towns, said BSF sources.