Barely two days after banks began issuing the new, ‘high-security’ Rs 2,000 notes, police in Chikkamagaluru district of Karnataka have registered a case of cheating against unknown persons for allegedly using a colour photocopy of the new note.Police said Ashok, a vegetable vendor, realised the note was fake when he was tallying the day’s collection. G Krishnaraj, Circle Police inspector of Chikkamagalur city, said one of the workers at Ashok’s stall accepted a Rs 2,000 note from a man who made purchases worth Rs 1,700. The suspect, so far unidentified, allegedly handed over the note and said he would collect the balance later.
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Krishnaraj said the note was not counterfeit, but a colour photocopy of the newly released Rs 2,000 note. “We could easily see it was fake by looking at the border of the note,” he said.