The National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested the kingpin of an international counterfeit currency racket from Malda on Saturday morning.
Sources said that the accused Kuddus is originally from Bangladesh and Barkat, who was arrested on May 17, 2015 with Indian counterfeit currency worth Rs 64 lakh, used to work under him.
The investigating officers came to know about him after interrogating Barkat. But he had been absconding for the past one year.
He used to operate from Chapai Nababganj in Bangladesh. His main task was to send in Indian counterfeit currency printed in another neighbouring country through the porous border with Bangladesh. Three more youth like Barkat used to work under him and NIA officers are trying to find them out.
Sources said that he had entered India after the blast at Gulsan in Bangladesh and started staying in a hideout at Ajamganj in Uttar Pradesh. The Uttar Pradesh police had got the information about his stay there and took attempt to arrest him. But he had left the place before the police had conducted the raid and went to Malda where he started staying at Safadalpur in Baishnabnagar.
A team comprising NIA officers conducted a raid and arrested him from Baishnabnagar in Malda.