KATHMANDU: In one of the biggest crackdown on counterfeit Indian currency and drug trafficking racketeers, Nepal Police on Friday night arrested four persons, including two Pakistanis, in the Kathmandu Valley.
Those arrested are Yunus Ansari, Kashi Ram Adhikari and Pakistani citizens Mohammad Iqbal and Sajjad Mohammad Khurram. A joint command of NP Headquarters and Metropolitan Police Range, Hanumandhoka, had made the arrests acting on a tip-off by intelligence officials. “The police recovered high-denomination fake Indian currency notes having a face value of
Rs 25,44,500,” informed SP Ganesh KC, in-charge, MRP.
The police nabbed Adhikari of Sudal VDC, Bhaktapur, from Blue Bird Hotel (Room No 611), Thapathali, and apprehended him with bundles of fake Indian currency in two suitcases, eventually leading to heroin haul and arrest of others.
According to SP KC, the notes were in denomination of Rs 1,000 and 500. “The money with denomination of Rs 1000 and Rs 500 numbered 998 and 1,993, respectively” he disclosed.
While interrogating Adhikari, it came to light that he was one of the body guards of Ansari, who Indian officials claim is the kingpin of the racket involved in printing and circulating fake Indian currency notes.
Ansari is not only the national chairman of Rastriya Janata Dal, but is also the president of National Wrestling Association. As a chairman of National Television, which recently went on air for test transmission, he has invested millions of rupees in media business. Ansari is a son of former minister Salim Miyan Ansari.
“On the command of my boss (Ansari) I met Pakistani citizens Khurram and Iqbal at Red Planet Guest House (Room Nos. 304 and 204, respectively), Thamel, and received two suitcases. I took the suitcases to Room No 611 of Blue Bird Hotel, which was later rented by Ansari,” SP KC quoted Adhikari as saying. The special squad raided the Red Planet Guest House and arrested Khurram and Iqbal with 3,700 g of heroin. Ansari was held from Talchhikhel, Lalitpur. They were booked under Narcotics Drugs (Control) Act and Anti-Fake Currency Act.