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In yet another case, an ATM in South Delhi’s Amar colony area on Wednesday dispensed a fake Rs 2,000 currency note with “Children Bank of India” printed on it, police said.

While the incident of an SBI ATM in the Sangam Vihar of southeast Delhi dispensing Rs 2,000 notes titled “Children Bank of India”, and with “Churan Label” written on it is still running fresh in our minds, another Rs 2,000 note with features akin to the earlier ones has been found after an ICICI Bank ATM of the Amar Colony area in Delhi dispensed it.

A case has been registered under Sections 489 B (using as genuine, forged or counterfeit currency or bank-notes), 489 E (Making or using documents resembling currency or bank- notes) of IPC at Amar Colony police station.

A senior Delhi Police officer said that the case has been transferred to the Crime Branch for in-depth probe in view of recovery of fake notes from South-East Delhi in the past.

Joint CP (Crime) Praveen Ranjan confirmed the case has been transferred to his unit. Unlike the local police, the crime branch has the expertise to deal with such cases. The fake note has been seized. This is the second such case in a month.

“Evidence gathered from CCTV footage and a text message from the bank, suggests that Rai had withdrawn the note from the ATM. We are questioning bank authorities and the loader who put the cash in the machine that day,” Ranjan said.

In February this year, police received a similar complaint from a State Bank of India ATM in Sangam Vihar after which a 27-year-old cash loader was arrested.The man had allegedly removed five Rs 2,000 notes and replaced them with fake notes that read ‘Children Bank of India’ instead of ‘Reserve Bank of India’ and had other errors and misprints.

In his statement to the police, Chandan Rai had mentioned that he holds an account with Bank of Baroda and had withdrawn Rs 2,000 on that day. Rai went to the ICICI Bank ATM located at Neem Chowk, Garhi to withdraw money when the machine gave him the fake note.

I was shocked to see that the note was fake. Rs 2000 was deducted from my account. I even got a message from the bank, he said.The report also said that a senior police officer has confirmed that the incident was not a case of ‘foul play’ from the side of the complainant, and that the case has been ‘transferred to the Crime Branch’.