In a shocking incident, a TASMAC employee in Tiruvannamalai was fooled by a customer who gave fake version of the new Rs 2,000 denomination note. The man gave the liquor vendor a colour photocopy of the note and received Rs 1,800 in change for it. The forgery was spotted when the note was attempted to be deposited in the bank and the police was quickly alerted. The suspect has been so far unidentified.
Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation (TASMAC) is a company owned by the Government of Tamil Nadu that controls wholesale and retail vending of alcoholic beverages in the state. Local police said that there was a power cut in the area so staffs were unable to see the note properly, HT reported. It was the second such case of forgery. Earlier, a vegetable vendor in Chikmagalur of Karnataka was reportedly duped by a photocopy of the new denomination.
Meanwhile, TN Liquor Consumers Awareness Association demanded the government to allow the Tasmac units to accept the old currency notes during the transition period like government-owned transportation corporations, as they were also fell under government services.
Within a week of its launch, the note of Rs 2,000 had become headlines with a hoax message that the currency is installed with nano GPS chip that makes it detectable when a pile is kept together and also enable its tracking through satellite. However, it was soon dispelled by the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in a press conference who confirmed that the note did not have any such chip.