An investigation into the seizure of counterfeit currency notes, amounting to nearly Rs 2.25 crore, has revealed that the consignment was sent on the orders of one Iqbal alias Kana “at the behest of the Pakistan intelligence agency and banned militant organisation, the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT),” an FIR in the case stated.
Two persons, Ash Mohammad and Zeeshan, were arrested from Karol Bagh and Dabri on January 12, and remanded in police custody for 10 days.
Sources said the consignment route has been traced to Jammu and Kashmir, from where it came to Delhi by train.
Several mobile numbers of the accused were kept under surveillance and investigating officers landed on the trail after intercepting a call from a Pakistani number on January 12.
“The caller, suspected to be Iqbal alias Kana, was talking to another person about his network in India. The Indian then called him from his own mobile number, and both discussed the transportation of a huge consignment using code words,” the FIR stated.
Later, the caller asked the Indian to arrange a place where the consignment could be kept, considering that it was huge. He was assured that it would be done. Police identified the Indian as Ash Mohammad, a resident of Lohari in Uttar Pradesh, and a relative of Kana.
“Kana is a criminal wanted by the CBI, Delhi Police and police from other states in connection with several cases. Hiding in Pakistan at present, he has been running fake currency and arms smuggling rackets in India through his aides,” said DCP (Special Cell) Arun Kampani.
While this information was being received, police chanced upon another call on the night of January 11 at 9.41 pm. “During the call, which took place between Hassan and Ash Mohammad, Hassan instructed Mohammad to reach Zeeshan’s residence in RZ-70, Sitapuri B-Block, and meet him,” the FIR stated.
Around 7.45 am the next day, a raiding party reached the address and waited outside the house. At 12.10 pm, a green Mahindra Champion tempo — bearing the number DL 1LN 3600 — stopped outside the house. Zeeshan was held, and police recovered two cellphones from him.
Police said the tempo contained 19 bundles of cloth. “The labels suggested that these bundles may have been packed somewhere in Pakistan,” said P N Aggarwal, Special Commissioner of Police (Special Cell). When these were opened, fake currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denomination were