Police believe that notes worth Tk5 crore could have been printed with the equipment recovered from the crime scene
The Detective Branch (DB) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) in an overnight drive arrested four individuals, including two women, for their alleged involvement in making counterfeit money.
The four -- Humayun Kabir, Jamal Uddin, Taslima Akter and Sukhi Akter -- were apprehended from a house at Nurjahan Road under Mohammadpur police station in Dhaka, confirmed DMP Deputy Commissioner (DC) (Media and Public Relations) Walid Hossain.
He said: “Humayun, who is the ring leader, was arrested six times before by different law enforcement agencies. Meanwhile, Jamal is currently an accused in two cases relating to making and circulating fake currencies.
“Fake currencies worth about Tk49 lakh were recovered after a raid on a house on the second floor of a six-storey building on Nurjahan Road in Mohammadpur area.”
According to the police, the counterfeit currency ring wanted to circulate the fake notes at the upcoming Durga Puja.
Humayun hired Taslima and Sukhi on a monthly salary basis for preparing special papers and glue and to cut the fake notes into size, they said, adding that the ring used to sell the fake notes to people from different districts under the Chittagong, Barisal, Rajshahi, Mymensingh, and Rangpur divisions.
Humayun and Jamal used to work for a different counterfeit currency ring back in 2008 and later they started their own “mini-factory for manufacturing counterfeit currencies,” police added.
Kawsar, Humayun’s brother, who is also a fake note manufacturer, was arrested earlier this year and is now in jail.
Taslima's husband Saiful Islam was arrested by RAB in January and he too is behind bars.
Meanwhile, two laptops, four printers, a few cutters, several screens, dice, safety threads, different colored inks, glue, a large amount of special paper with watermarks, and other materials and soft data or copies were recovered from their possession.
“With the above-mentioned materials, it was possible to make counterfeit notes of about Tk5 crore,” the DC mentioned.
Earlier on August 24, the same DB team arrested five individuals and seized fake currencies worth Tk61.5 lakh.