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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Cash siphoned off from bank accounts

SILCHAR, Oct 10: A huge amount of money deposited in individual bank accounts, both savings and fixed, has been siphoned off by a racket inside the Federal Bank branch located at Shillongpatty in Silchar town.

According to the investigating officers, BD Sharma and DL Bapui, it was the third time that account holders of the bank have lodged complaint with the police against siphoning of money from their accounts. It was first noticed by Aftarun Begum Laskar of Berenga Part III near this town who, while drawing money, discovered fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 1.36 lakh from her account.

According to the investigation police officers, this fraudulent withdrawal in the bank branch was master minded by a dealing assistant, Kutub Uddin Choudhury, in cooperation with other staff members. Till date, a staggering amount of Rs 20 lakh to 30 lakh has been believed to have been siphoned off.

Thomas Mathew, manager of the bank, said clerk Kutub Uddin Choudhury alias Babul is absconding. Drastic disciplinary action is being contemplated against him. Police investigation is on, and it is indicated that the amount siphoned off might be higher. THE SENTINEL

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