ISI agents copy hi-tech features in latest Rs 2000 fake notes

New Delhi: As sleuths of the Special Cell of Delhi police unravel the Pakistani links in the smuggling of high-quality Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN), the ongoing investigation has upset the Indian security establishment. The key concern is the startling fact that Pakistan-based crime-syndicates have copied the most exclusive security features of Rs 2000 Indian currency notes, a feat not possible without the connivance of the state machinery.

For the first time, the FICN seized by Special Cell proves that ‘Optical Variable Ink’ used by India in printing Rs 2000 notes has also been used by the Pakistan operatives. “Its a very high-quality special ink, which gives a colour shift effect. On the front side of Rs 2000 note, the color of thread changes from green to blue when the note is tilted,” told an official of the Special Cell to IANS.

Sources said that hi-tech Optical Variable Ink is used in the new series of fake notes, reportedly being printed at Pakistan security press in Malir Halt, Karachi. Sources said during investigation it was revealed that notes are being printed under the supervision of senior officials of Pakistan’s spy agency, the Inter services Intelligence (ISI). One of the prominent distributors of ISI is India’s most wanted fugitive Dawood Ibrahim’s infamous D-company, which also operates from Karachi.

The investigation reveals that another prominent security feature copied for the first time by ISI operatives is the raised bleed lines printed on the extreme left and right side of the note. These raised lines are identification marks, meant for the visually impaired people. six months back, the FICN seized in India did not have such hi-tech security features. “They have now even copied the exploding series numbers printed on the right hand bottom of the notes. For instance, in newly seized Rs 2000 notes, bearing series ‘7FK’ the series is printed in exploded formation. Hitherto, these features were absent on FICN, enabling anyone to detect them with naked eyes,” siad the official.