Bengaluru, Feb 13: The fake currency racketeers have managed to replicate 11 out of the 17 security features on the new Rs 2,000 notes. On February 1, a consignment of fake notes had been seized along the Bangladesh border. Forensic analysis showed that the racketeers had replicated eight out of the 17 security features.
However, in the latest seizure once again conducted along the Bangladesh border, it was found that 11 out of the 17 features had been replicated. During the February 8 seizure at Murshidabad, security forces arrested Azizur Rehman, 26, from Malda in West Bengal. He had on him 40 fake notes in Rs 2,000 denomination. The notes were sent for forensic analysis and it was found that 11 out of the 17 features were replicated to perfection.
The features replicated were the transparent area, watermark, Ashoka Pillar emblem, the letters 'Rs 2000' on the left, the guarantee clause with the RBI governor's signature and the denomination number in Devanagari on the front.
In the earlier seizure it was found that eight features had been replicated. They were a motif of the Chandrayan, the Swachh Bharat log, language panel and also the year of printing. On the other side of the note, racketeers had managed to replicate the Devanagari numeral, the guarantee clause with the RBI governor's signature and the watermark.
During Rehman's interrogation, he revealed that these notes were printed in Pakistan. Investigators say that the new notes are being printed in ISI sponsored mints in Pakistan. Investigations also revealed that these mints have not been printing the new Rs 500 notes.
During a seizure conducted on February 1, officials had seized fake Rs 500 notes, but they appeared to be printed locally and were of very bad quality.