SBI ATM ‘dispenses’ xerox copy of Rs 2000 note, UP police probe complaint
Police in Uttar Pradesh are looking into a complaint that a possible photocopy of a Rs 2,000 note was dispensed by a State Bank of India ATM in Shahjahanpur district earlier this week.black money crackdown Updated: Feb 25, 2017 21:10 IST
Police in Uttar Pradesh are looking into a complaint that a possible photocopy of a Rs 2,000 note was dispensed by a State Bank of India ATM in Shahjahanpur district earlier this week.
Arvind Kumar Gupta, 17, told police on Friday that he had gone to withdraw Rs 10,000 from a local SBI ATM in Jalalabad earlier in the week and got the fake note from the machine.
“The machine dispensed five notes of 2000 denomination, one of which was fake,” said Gupta. “The (fake) note looked like a xerox copy of the original note.”
Gupta lodged a police complaint on Friday after bank officials refused to exchange the note “They refused to accept the note and asked me to return on Monday.”
Police said they weren’t sure if the note was fake. “The manager of the bank is out of town, he has agreed to look into the matter when he returns on Monday,” said circle officer of Jalalabad Sumit Shukla. “We have also requested him to submit the CCTV recording of the ATM which allegedly dished out the fake currency.”
Earlier this week, HT reported that an SBI ATM in south Delhi’s Sangam Vihar dispensed five fake Rs 2,000 notes. The notes, which could be passed off as genuine at first glance, are replete with errors and appeared to be a prank at people’s expense.
The notes, dispensed on February 6, read ‘Children Bank of India’ in place of Reserve Bank of India and ‘Guaranteed by the Children’s Government’ in place of Guaranteed by the ‘Central Government’, ‘Churan label’ in place of the latent image and a fake ‘PK’ logo instead of the bank’s seal, are among some of the other obvious deviations.
Delhi Police have arrested a logistics operator who allegedly loaded the fake currency into the machine.
The National Investigation Agency has also recovered some “high-quality” fake notes last week.