‘Life mimics art’ is a phrase commonly heard – but a duo from Hyderabad have taken it quite literally.
Taking inspiration from the recently released web series ‘Farzi’, the Hyderabad duo printed fake currency worth Rs 4 lakh and circulated them in the market.
However, they were soon caught and are now in Hyderabad police’s custody.
How the duo managed to pull off the crime
Two individuals, influenced by the web series ‘Farzi,’ have been apprehended in Hyderabad for producing and distributing fake currency.
But, how did they make the fake currency?
A screen printer, green foil paper, JK Excel bond papers, cutters and a lamination machine were all it took to manufacture the counterfeit currency.
The prime accused, Vanam Laxminaryana, has computer expertise and managed to pull off the crime, according to police inspector Anjaneyulu.
Fake money was being tested at markets
It was Laxminaryana’s alleged accomplice, Erukala Pranay Kumar, who was caught testing fake money (a total of Rs 20,000!) at a fruit and vegetable market.
“We have seized 810 fake currency notes in the Rs 500 denomination that were intended to be circulated. Printers, Scanner and other things were also seized,” police said.
In the course of the investigation, it came to light that Laxminarayana, who had a history of engaging in mortgage fraud, roped in Kumar for the criminal activity, offering him a portion of the anticipated profits.
Farzi web series
In the web series Farzi, Sunny, a talented yet lesser-known artist, finds himself thrust into the high-stakes realm of counterfeiting after crafting an impeccably forged currency note.
However, he still remains at large, and has not been caught by the police.Well, looks like life doesn’t replicate art entirely.
How to spot fake Indian currency notes?
HDFC Bank lists down the following ways to check a fake Indian currency:
Authentic watermark of Gandhiji
Perpetrators who create counterfeit currency use heavy oil or grease to make the watermark, i.e. outline of Gandhiji’s image which makes it look thicker than usual.
If you look closely at the numerical figures on notes and notice poor alignment, chances are that the note is fake.
A fake note may have smudged ink or broken lines.
In a fake note, the security thread – which is a line of squares running across the middle – will look like it has been drawn or printed on the currency.
The typography of the words ‘Reserve Bank of India’ will appear thicker on a fake note compared to a real one where it is much smoother.
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