15/12/2016 10:05 AM IST | Updated 15/12/2016 12:25 PM IST

Police In Bihar Seal ATM After Farmer Alleges That It Dispensed Fake ₹2,000 Notes

State Bank of India branch manager rules out the possibility.

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Amidst the hue and cry over demonetisation and the cash crunch in India, another problem seems to have hit a village in Bihar. According to reports, a farmer has claimed that the State Bank of India (SBI) ATM in Simra village in Bihar's Sitamarhi district was dispensing fake ₹2,000 notes.

The matter came to light when Pankaj Kumar, who works as a farmer, tried to hand a ₹2,000 note to a shopkeeper in Dumra town in Sitamarhi after purchasing goods from him. The shopkeeper refused to take the note pointing out that it was fake, reported the Hindustan Times. He told Kumar that the note was a "scanned copy of the original note".

Kumar has registered a complaint with the Dumra police station and with SBI as well. According to the Times of India, he hasn't submitted the allegedly fake currency note yet to the bank or the police.

Dumra police has since sealed the ATM, pending investigations.

The SBI bank manager in Sitamarhi has ruled out the possibility of the ATM dispensing fake notes.

TOI reported that currency worth ₹14 lakh in the form of new ₹2,000 notes was filled in the ATM by a private agency on 6 December.

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