In spite of the newly introduced currency notes' supposedly high security features, a vegetable vendor in Chikkamagaluru in Karnataka was handed a fake ₹2,000 note by an unknown person on Saturday morning.
According to reports, the incident was reported from the city's APMC market.
Ashok, an onion grower was given ₹2,000 note by a customer, who claimed that it was a new note and valid. However, when Ashok showed it to some of his friends, they found the note was only a photocopy of the original currency note.
"It was a photocopy of the original note. It is poorly photocopied, anybody can notice it easily. The person was given the copy by an unknown person in APMC market," The Hindu quoted Superintendent of Police K. Annamalai as saying.
Ashok claimed that this could happen only because neither he nor his sons had seen the new ₹2,000 note.
"Neither I nor they had seen the new ₹2,000 note until then. So they assumed it was an original note. We found it was fake later, when a friend who had got the new note from the bank compared his note with mine. While the difference was obvious, it was difficult for a person who was seeing it for the first time to notice."
A case under Section 420 of the Indian Penal Code has been registered at the Chikkamagaluru town police station.
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