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Demonetisation impact: Ahmedabad paan shop owner gets ‘fake’ Rs 2,000 note

Ahmedabad: Days after the Centre introduced the Rs 2,000 note after its demonetisation move, a paan shop owner in Ahmedabad on Tuesday claimed that he received a “fake” note of the denomination from an unknown customer.

Representational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

Vansh Barot, who runs the Anand Paan Shop in Bodakdev locality in Ahmedabad, went to the RBI regional office, to deposit the note along with an application as directed by bank officials, in order to get rid of the “fake currency” in his possession.

Barot said he accepted the note from an unknown customer on either Friday or Saturday as he had to purchase supplies for his shop.

“I happily accepted it without doubting its authenticity, especially considering that the note has certain features of original note such as Gandhi watermark and security thread, which makes it resemble like an original note at first glance,” he said.

“I took the note thinking that there is no possibility of anyone giving me a fake currency at this juncture. The note bore such close resemblance to the original note, that I had little doubt about its authenticity,” he added.

Barot realised the note was fake when a supplier he went to raised an alarm after examining the note. “When I place it against the original note, I could see the difference very clearly. The paper quality of fake note is poor, and even its size is slightly smaller than the original note,” he claimed.

“When I took it to two banks to ascertain whether it’s fake, bankers there did not clearly tell me if the note is fake. Certain that the note is fake, I took it to a branch of another public sector bank where a senior official on Monday confirmed it is a fake,” he added.

First Published On : Nov 23, 2016 15:22 IST

Demonetization: Paan shop owner gets ‘fake’ Rs 2,000 note in Ahmedabad

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Days after the Centre introduced the Rs 2,000 note after its demonetization move, a paan shop owner in Ahmedabad on Tuesday claimed that he received a “fake” note of the denomination from an unknown customer.Vansh Barot, who runs the Anand Paan Shop in Bodakdev locality in Ahmedabad, went to the RBI regional office, to deposit the note along with an application as directed by bank officials, in order to get rid of the “fake currency” in his possession.Barot said he accepted the note from an unknown customer on either Friday or Saturday as he had to purchase supplies for his shop. “I happily accepted it without doubting its authenticity, especially considering that the note has certain features of original note such as Gandhi watermark and security thread, which makes it resemble like an original note at first glance,” he said. “I took the note thinking that there is no possibility of anyone giving me a fake currency at this juncture. The note bore such close resemblance to the original note, that I had little doubt about its authenticity,” he added.Barot realised the note was fake when a supplier he went to raised an alarm after examining the note. “When I place it against the original note, I could see the difference very clearly. The paper quality of fake note is poor, and even its size is slightly smaller than the original note,” he claimed. “When I took it to two banks to ascertain that it is fake, bankers there did not clearly told me whether the note is fake. Certain that the note is fake, I took it to a branch of another public sector bank where a senior official yesterday confirmed it is a fake,” he added.

Gujarat: Woman cop says DSP forced her to accuse SP of sexual harassment

A woman police sub-inspector (PSI) in Kutch district of Gujarat on Saturday claimed that a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) forced her to level allegations of sexual harassment against Kutch (East) SP. Yesterday, a letter of the PSI, where she had made allegations of sexual harassment and torture against the SP had surfaced. “I was forced by a DSP to write a letter against Kutch (East) SP G V Barot,” she told reporters at Gandhidham in Kutch district. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The DSP asked me to do so to put mental pressure on the SP who is monitoring a cheating complaint filed at A-Division police station in Gandhidham against the DSP’s son,” she claimed. “The DSP had forced me to write a complaint letter against the SP even when I told him that I did not want to do so. He wanted to clear the name of his son against whom a case is lodged on the charge of forging papers to sell a doctor’s property,” she further claimed. “The DSP had blackmailed me to write the letter because of a mistake committed by me during the investigation of domestic violence case after which he had threatened to suspend me”, the PSI added. “During investigation in the domestic violence case, I had said there was no criminal case after which the DSP threatened to suspend me as the man against whom the case was filed later killed his wife. In order to save my job, I decided to write the letter as per the DSP’s instruction,” she claimed. The DSP could not be reached for comment despite several attempts. In the letter addressed to the Director General of Police and Gujarat Chief Minister Anadiben Patel, the PSI had made allegations of sexual harassment and torture against SP G V Barot. The complainant has threatened to commit suicide if no action was taken against the SP who she claimed forced her into sexual relationship with him and later, forced her to abort her child with the help of another PSI. When contacted, SP Barot termed the allegations as “highly irresponsible and senseless”. “When asked during investigation, she accepted it was her mistake,” he said. On asked if action will be taken against the PSI, the SP said action will be taken as per instructions from the Gujarat home department.