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4 arrested in the capital with fake stamp-court fees

Staff Correspondent
The Metropolitan Detective Police (DB) has found a printing press in the Matuail area of ​​Jatrabari in the capital. Four people have been arrested in the raid.

They were arrested in a raid by the DB's Cyber ​​and Special Crime Division on Thursday, June 24. DB Additional Commissioner AKM Hafeez Akhter said this at a press conference held at DMP Media Center on Friday afternoon.

The arrested are Abu Yusuf alias Parvez alias Rana, Atiyar Rahman Sabuj, Nasir Uddin and Nurul Islam alias Sohel.

Hafiz Akhter said that during the arrest, 13 lakh 40 thousand fake revenue stamps worth Tk 20 crore 2 lakh 24 thousand, 19 thousand 480 fake court fees worth 1 lakh 94 thousand 800 taka and Tk. 3 crore 60 lakh in cash for sale of fake revenue stamps were recovered from the printing press. . Besides, 18 check sheets worth Tk. 1 crore 5 lakh 40 thousand, 114 grams of gold ornaments, seals of various financial institutions including postal department and Bangladesh Bank and various materials were seized. Huge quantities of paper were seized from the printing press, with which it was possible to make counterfeit stamps worth at least hundreds of crores of rupees.

He said the ringleader of the arrest was Abu Yusuf. The cycle has been selling counterfeit stamps using computers and printers since 2016. However, from 2019, he started making fake stamps on a large scale by setting up a secret printing press. They would deliver these counterfeit stamps to the buyer level in three steps. Envelopes were recovered from their factories in different areas including Barisal and Chattogram. These counterfeit stamps were supplied to different parts of the country.

The DB official said the fake revenue stamps were supplied to various financial institutions including factories, hospitals, banks and insurance companies and even to the courts. However, the main executives of the organization may not even know that the peons or clerks who are in charge of buying these are the ones who buy them cheaply. This is also a kind of crime.

In response to a question, he said that in their dream of becoming rich suddenly, they set up this printing press and started a business of counterfeit stamps. Their press machine is very expensive, from Germany. These were made by copying exactly with paper.

Huge amount of counterfeit stamps, counterfeit stamp making paper and huge amount of money were recovered from the factory. This suggests that there are not only four people involved in the cycle. It’s a cycle much bigger. He said more details would be known during the interrogation of the arrested.

Hafiz Akhter said that someone may be documenting these fake stamps, but the stamp is fake. Corruption is increasing in these uses, the government is losing billions of rupees in revenue. He advised everyone to buy stamps from registered places. When the original stamp is inserted into the UV machine, the watermark shines and the black lines are visible. But these are not visible on fake stamps.

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