Balurghat: BSF jawans posted in Hili border area recovered Bangladeshi notes around Rs 16,00,000 having valued at Rs 12,58,466 in Indian currency as per market rate from Ujal area located at extreme Indo-Bangla border on Sunday night, official sources of 199, Battalion of BSF confirmed the incident.
BSF also recovered some fresh shirts and trousers. Later, the items were handed over to the customs.
According to BSF sources, it is learnt that the Bangladeshi currencies were left abandoned in a jute bag. No one has been arrested so far. A probe has been on.
Having learnt from a reliable source about the foreign currencies, acting on a tip off by senior BSF officials of 199, Battalion recovered the cash and clothes.
BSF sources further informed that the currencies might have been taken to India from Bangladesh through Hili border area, under cover of darkness for gold smuggling.
"Several cross border foreign currency smuggling rackets are active in the region. In most cases,
the International smugglers use to take advantage as a long stretch of this district still remains unfenced that helps them to operate the rackets from both ends," said a BSF officer.
According to senior BSF officials, recently BSF patrolling particularly at night has been intensified to curb the nuisance.
Several long-range night vision lights have also been introduced to carry on the tasks more perfectly, it is learnt.