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How Easy It Was To Print Rs 2000 Fake Notes In Bhubaneswar Slum

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21 March 2017

Tapan Das

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Bhubaneswar: With the nabbing of the main accused, Raj Kishore Tudu from the railway station, the Commissionerate Police claimed to have busted a major counterfeit notes racket. A colour printer and a desktop were recovered from his possession.

The police had seized certain materials used for making counterfeit notes last week after raiding a house in the biggest slum area of State, Salia Sahi.

It was just a printer and some paper which was needed by these slum boys to counterfeit the highest denomination notes of the country!

Was it so easy to print counterfeit notes with the use of latest technology and a colour printer by a bunch of young minds residing in the slum, some even minors? On the top of it, they were even able to circulate a few of them in the city.

On November 8, 2016, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the withdrawal of the legal tender of currency notes of denominations of Rs 500 and Rs 1000- he claimed that this exercise would prevent the funding of terrorism by the use of fake notes.

But little did he know that it would be counterfeited in slum areas with minor boys in the gang in Bhubaneswar. Not only here, but there are reports of seizure of fake notes from across the country.

Meanwhile, the Commissionerate Police is trying to find out links between the fake currency racket busted in Baripada and the Salia Sahi slum in the capital city.

The main accused informed the police that another youth named ‘Phagu’ had taught him the art of making counterfeit notes. Phagu had also given him Rs 16,500 fake notes and had promised to pay Rs 8,000 if he runs the racket, Tudu said.

However, they were easily caught as the quality of paper used was highly detectable and the printing was also not upto the mark.

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Y.B. Khurania, Twin City Police Commissioner