Amid ongoing hot discussions over fake currency notes entering India from across the border, a State Bank of India (SBI) ATM in New Delhi’s Sangam Vihar has dispensed fake Rs 2000 notes.
The development comes less than a week after the Border Security Force (BSF) seized 100 fake Rs 2,000 currency notes from Malda district in West Bengal, making it the biggest such haul from the Indo-Bangla border region post demonetization.
On November 8, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced demonetization in a bid to rein in counterfeit currency from the system.
The incident came to light after a customer care executive at a call centre, who has been identified as Rohit withdrew Rs 8000 on February 6. Once he noticed something amiss with the currency notes, he took the matter to the police.
“All the four notes I withdrew were fake,” said Rohit.
At least 10 differences were spotted on the fake note including a missing rupee symbol, and RBI governor’s signature. A strip with leaf markings on the left side was replaced with a Churan Lable.
In place of ‘Reserve Bank of India – Guaranteed by the Central Government’, the note dispensed by the ATM read — ‘Children Bank of India’ and ‘Guaranteed by the Children’s Government’, the report said.
“We sent a sub-inspector to verify the allegations. He withdrew one Rs 2,000 note and that also turned out to be fake,” the officer said confirming the development.
The police is yet to identify the people behind the misdoings and a case has been registered at Sangam Vihar police station.
We will send a team to investigate the matter, said an SBI spokesman.