“Secret inputs were received about a syndicate of FICN racketeers operating clandestinely and circulating FICNs in Delhi and NCR.Accordingly, a team was formed to crack down upon the syndicate,” JCP (Crime) Ravinder Yadav said.
The accused, Sheikh Noor Ullah and Sheikh Ata Ullah, were arrested. Shahnawaj Ansari, the kingpin of the racket was also nabbed.
Police said during questioning, it was revealed that the syndicate was being run by Ansari in association with some persons from Betia, Bihar and Farakka in West Bengal through their Delhi-based racketeers.
Police said the members of the syndicate used to change their hideouts frequently to conceal their identity and avoid detection.
Police said FICNs used to be trafficked from Bangladesh to Farakka. Ansari would receive the consignment and circulate it in the country through his men in Uttarakhand, Karnataka, Delhi and Bihar. Sheikh Ata Ullah and the juvenile would circulate FICNs in Delhi and NCR to make maximum profit, Yadav said.
Further investigation is on to nab the associates of the accused, police said.