TAKING ADVANTAGE of the absolute chaos at banks across the country following demonetisation, a man unsuccessfully tried to exchange 93 fake currency notes of Rs 1,000 denomination at a bank in South Mumbai on Friday. While the bank officials flagged off the fake notes, the accused fled from the spot before the police could be informed. An FIR has been registered in the matter and the accused has been identified.
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The incident took place around 5 pm on Friday at the Punjab and Maharashtra Co-Operative Bank’s Carnac Bunder branch when the man came to withdraw “old currency”.
As per the police, the accused had presented Rs 93,000 to be deposited in the way of 93 Rs 1,000 currency notes. Looking at the currency, the bank employee got suspicious and checked the notes through the security features which confirmed that they were fake. He then asked the man to wait and went to inform his superiors. However, by the time he returned the man had already fled from the bank.
Senior Inspector of Pydhonie police station Deepak Kundal said that the bank officials approached them around 9 pm, as they could not leave the huge crowd of customers at the bank unattended.
“Based on the complaint, we have registered an FIR against the accused. We have got his address through his account details, but at this stage, we can’t reveal his details. We should be able to arrest him soon,” Kundal said.
The officer added that information on how the accused procured the fake notes will only be available once they catch him.