New Delhi : The Government’s hope to put an end to the counterfeit Indian currency notes at least temporarily has proved elusive as a seizure of the fake Rs 2,000 notes on the Bangladesh borders last week showed that those specialising in Pakistan in producing the fake currency lost no time in copying the new note.

A joint report by the Intelligence Bureau and the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has alerted the government that the seized notes have eight out of ten security features in the new Rs 2,000 note. The report accused Pakistan Army’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) of producing the counterfeit notes while noting that it has so far “failed to procure the fine paper which India’s security presses use for such notes.”

It, therefore, wanted the government to take immediate preventive measures to ensure that the ISI or its operatives are not able to get the paper from the foreign paper suppliers signed by the Indian security printing presses.

The seized fake notes of Rs 2,000 were “near original” and could not be detected by an ordinary person except for the fact that the quality of paper was not very good, the report added.

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