RAWALPINDI: Police have booked a private bank’s staff, including its manager and cashier, after its automated teller machine (ATM) allegedly dispensed eight fake currency notes of Rs1,000 each.

Police said one of the account holders of the private bank located in R.A. Bazaar complained to the police that he had withdrawn cash from an ATM of the bank but eight of the currency notes valuing Rs1,000 each turned out to be fake when he used them for buying grocery.

He said he lodged a complaint with the bank officials but they didn’t take notice and refused to accept the responsibility.

Later, the client lodged a complaint with the police who referred the matter to the State Bank of Pakistan, which directed them to bring a copy of the FIR after that they would take action against the bank.

R.A. Bazaar SHO Khalid Mehmood Satti confirmed to Dawn that an FIR under section 489-C had been registered against the bank staff, including the manger and cashier, and investigation launched.

“Yes, police will make arrests after the investigation is launched,” the SHO said replying to a question.

He said there were six to seven other victims of fake currency notes the private bank branch’s ATM had dispensed.

Published in Dawn, July 16th, 2019