|Scam in PNB’s Sepon Sakalia branch, manager held|
SIVASAGAR, March 16 - It seems that fraud and Punjab National Bank have become synonymous with cases of fraudulent withdrawals emanating from the bank’s different branches at various places.
On Thursday last, one Faruque Ali fraudulently withdrew Rs 62 lakh from the bank’s Sepon Chakalia branch and also had Rs 2 cr 30 lakhs transferred to his A/C No. 2662000100038347 from the account of a Guwahati-based firm Navarang Rai Metal Pvt Ltd allegedly with the help of some staff of the bank. Faruque, a local taxi driver, further transferred Rs 1 crore from the amount to another person’s account through NEFT. When Navarang Rai Metal Pvt Ltd alerted the bank about the incident, the Bank Manager lodged a case in Moran PS the same evening.
Dibrugarh Police in Case No. 54/19 u/s 420/268/ and 471 booked manager Prasanta Bhuyan. A police team under Dhruba Bora, Additional SP, Dibrugarh is searching for the main accused Faruque, who is reported to be absconding.
There were two more scams in the branch earlier and the customers have demanded a high-level enquiry into the anomalies and appropriate action against the culprits.