Bihar, 15 Dec: Amidst cash crunch all around the country, a Simra Village resident remained numb after knowing that the money he had withdrawn was fake!
People are rarely noticing the authenticity of the currency as they continued to face the struggle in receiving the cash and once they get it they feel relaxed.
But in the recent incident, a a resident of Lagma villag Pankaj Kumar, 42, went to a buy groceries in the Dumara area with his`2,000 note which he withdrawn from the ATM. He was told by a shopkeeper that the note was a scanned copy of the new currency.
Kumar later filed a written complaint with the bank official as well as Dumra police station in this matter.
The Sitamarhi police have sealed an SBI ATM at Simra village in Dumara police station area following reports that it allegedly dispensed a fake `2,000 note on Sunday.
Dumra police station SHO Bijay Bahadur Singh on Wednesday informed that Kumar filed a complaint but did not submit the fake note till date. He cited to the police that he had given the fake currency to a bank official.
Currency worth `14 lakh in the denomination of new `2,000 notes was filled in the ATM at Simra by a private agency on December 6.
Sitamarhi SP Hari Prasath S said bank officials had sealed the ATM kiosk and were waiting for the contractor who deposited the cash.
SBI’s AGM (PR) Mithlesh Kumar Singh, however, ruled out the possibility of the ATM dispensing fake notes. The currencies inside the bank and ATM vaults were checked by bank officials in the presence of staff from the agency that deposited the notes, but it did not find anything illegal, he said.
However, Police said bank officials assured that they would provide CCTV footage of the ATM.