A video purportedly depicting the printing of Rs 50 and Rs 200 notes is currently viral on social media with the claim that fake Indian currency notes are being manufactured in Pakistan. Several individual users have shared the clip with the caption – “Small scale industry in Pakistan. pl forward this video to all or else the mission will not be a success for the person who has secretly taken this video.”
Small scale industry in Pakistan.pl forward this video to all or else the mission will not be a success for the person who has secretly taken this video.
Posted by Manohar Pv on Wednesday, 15 May 2019
The same clip has also been circulated on Twitter.
Small scale industry in Pakistan. pls share this video to all or else the mission will not be a success for the person who has secretly taken this video.
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— Ravi Sinha (@ravisinha_86) May 22, 2019
It has been forwarded on WhatsApp as well.
Viral since January 2019
The video has been doing rounds on social media since January this year, with the caption – “small scale industry in Pakistan.”
This is horrible!
Small scale industry in Pakistan
इस वीडियो को सब जरूर देखें एक ने भी छोड़ दी तो वीडियो बनाने वाले का मिशन सार्थक न हुआ समझो ।👇 pic.twitter.com/OzQtv0EADc
— Riya 🔨 Justice 4 Sri Ram #SaveSabarimala (@riyaOmm) January 13, 2019
The video was viral both on Twitter and Facebook.
The video was circulating on WhatsApp as well. Alt News found that it was viral last year also, including on YouTube, with the same ‘Pakistan’ claim.
— Ravi Bagri FCA (@ravibagri) June 12, 2018
What is the truth?
The video itself gives away the falsehood of the claim.
1. If one looks closely, the words ‘भारतीय चिल्ड्रन बैंक (Bharatiya Children Bank)’ are printed on the notes.
2. Some of the notes also have the words ‘Manoranjan Bank of India’ printed on them
3. Another hint that the notes are fake is the absence of ‘₹’ before the currency value. The comparison of a fake note (left) and a specimen of a real note (right) juxtaposed together gives a clearer picture.
In the news
In 2017, the media had reported that an SBI ATM in Delhi dispensed Rs 2,000 notes with ‘Children’s Bank of India’ printed on them.
A similar event took place in UP last year. Rs 500 notes were dispensed from a BOI ATM with ‘Children’s Bank of India’ printed on them.
The Outlook had reported a counterfeit currency racket last year where a stash of Rs 32 lakh ‘Children’s Bank of India’ notes was recovered.
While the origin of the video could not be established by Alt News, it seems to be taken inside a printing press. Boomlive had reported that a man in the background can be heard speaking Marathi. The video was also debunked by SM Hoaxslayer earlier this month when it was being shared as ‘fake notes printed in Bangladesh.’
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