Even though the Government had claimed that it would be very difficult to counterfeit the new 500 and 2000 rupee notes which were launched in November last year, in reality, there has been an upsurge in the circulation of forged currency across the country. The latest incident happened this morning, when acting on specific information, police seized a whopping Rs 4.20 lakh in fake Rs 2000 notes at Jovo of Hamren in West Karbi Anglong.
Two persons identified as Bidyaram Teron and Bajon Timung was arrested in possession of the fake notes. Various tools used for the purpose were also seized.
This is not the first time that these new notes have been counterfeited. There have been multiple incidents when the new notes were exactly replicated. Earlier, the counterfeit notes used to be just the scanned copies of real notes. However, now the miscreants have started imitating the security features in the notes which make it very difficult to differentiate between the real and the fake.
Interestingly, Government sources after demonetization, had claimed that these notes can’t be counterfeited easily because these have 7-8 additional security measures.