Police have arrested two persons for smuggling fake currency notes from Tapurhat area in Cooch Behar.
Police have seized fake currency worth nearly Rs 4 lakh from the possession of the accused. One pistol has also been recovered from the accused.
Police came to know from its reliable sources that a fake currency racket had been operational from that area and they had information that the accused would be passing through the area.
Police said that one of the accused was the resident of Barpeta in Assam while the other was from the Chandamari are in Cooch Behar.
The police were interrogating the accused to know if they were a part of any interstate smuggling racket. According to the preliminary investigation, police suspect that some other people might have been involved in the racket.
Smuggling of fake currency has been a problem for the police in all the bordering areas of North Bengal.
It may be mentioned that Election Commission has asked all the district police administration particularly in the bordering districts to conduct extra vigil so that smuggling of fake currency notes could be checked.
Following the order from the commission the district police administration were on their toes to crack down fake currency rackets.
Cooch Behar police superintendent said that a pistol and fake currency notes were seized from the accused. Police were investigating whether the accused were involved in a racket.