Rs. 49 lakh bank fraud detected, police nab three accused

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    Jamshedpur, May 25: In a major breakthrough, the city police on Wednesday arrested three persons, including a 30-year-old woman, for allegedly duping a city-based industrialist of Rs 49.08 lakh by resorting to deceitful ways.

    Those arrested have been identified as Ankit Kashyap, Rakesh Kumar and Nilam Kumari. Aside from these three, two others, Navin Kumar Shao and Amit Kumar Srivastava are also reported to be involved in the racket. They are said to be absconding.

    The police have recovered cash worth Rs 2 lakh from the possession of Ankit, who had received the amount for assisting Amit. According to the police, Amit is the mastermind in the crime.

    East Singhbhum senior superintendent of police (SSP), Anoop T Mathew said that on May 23, the accused had transferred Rs 49.08 lakh from the city-based industrialist Pavan Kumar Poddar’s account with the Sakchi branch of Bank of Baroda to a forged account with the Bank of India’s Sakchi branch via real-time gross settlement (RTGS) system.

    Poddar, is a resident of Circuit House Area and owns a company called Hari Om Splinter Pvt Ltd. He came to know about the fraud and he lodged an FIR with the Sakchi police station on Tuesday night. “Soon we formed a team of police officials and swung into action and arrested three of the accused from their houses in Adityapur on Wednesday,” said Mathew.

    The senior SP said that after transferring Poddar’s money to Bank of India on Monday, the accused had withdrawn Rs 9.08 lakh on Tuesday.

    “We have today frozen the forged account having a balance of Rs 40 lakh and recovered Rs 2 lakh from the possession of Ankit in whose name Amit had opened a forged account with the Bank of India. The remaining Rs 7.08 lakh is with Amit who is a resident of Mango and works in another city-based company AK Enterprises where the accused woman Nilam Kumari would also work,” said the senior police officer.

    Mathew further said that Navin Kumar Shao, who worked as the accountant with Poddar’s company, had tipped off Amit about the bank balance in Poddar’s Bank of Baroda account and had managed to obtain a cheque from the victim to get the money transferred to Bank of India.

    He pointed out that they would also investigate into the role of a private telecom company (Airtel) in the episode, as the victim has not got any alert massage on his mobile when the money was transferred from his account to a forged account with the Bank of India.

    According to the SSP, adding that some bank employees of both the Bank of India and Bank of Baroda are also under the scanner of the police investigation.

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