Bank Official Embezzles Customers’ Money

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SRINAGAR: In a criminal breach of trust, an official of Ellaqai Dehati Bank Khuri Batpora branch in north Kashmir allegedly misappropriated an amount of Rs 8.46 lakh rupees belonging to 31 account holders of the bank. Police has registered the case and arrested bank official allegedly main accused.

“I had deposited the amount in the bank amounting to 30,000 rupees. I approached the bank to issue statement of my account and was astonished to learn there was no mention of rupees 30,000 I had deposited”, said Bashir Ahmad Malik an account holder in the bank under account number SB11006400936.

He said that he with the issued vouchers and entries made in his bank passbook, he approached the bank manager who in return refused to look into the grievance claiming ‘No amount has been deposited as per bank records’.

Other account holder when learnt about the fate of Malik, also went to check his account details.

“It was shocking to know that the deposited amount was not in bank records. We approached the branch manager with passbooks and vouchers”, said another account holder Jasi Jan who holds account number SB 88000885512.

She said that the 31 account holders who approached the bank authorities found the misappropriation of the amount they had deposited in the bank, demanding, “Immediate redressal of their complaints and action against the wrong doers”.

Admitting that the misappropriation has taken place, bank manager Abdul Majeed Malik, said, “We have checked and gone through the vouchers and entries made in the passbooks of the various account holders. All contains the signatures of office attendant Muneer Ahmad Piswal. After that I had informed the Regional Manager who in turn set up the team and raided the house of Piswal and seized 58 vouchers which he had not put in bank records to cover his guilt. Police has registered the case and arrested the accused”.

He said that affected account holders should not worry as they will be compensated once the investigation is completed.

He admitted that eight lac and 46 thousand rupees has been misappropriated.

SHO Police Station Damhaal Hanji Pora refused to disclose the First Information Report (FIR) number, adding, “We’re investigating the case and the involvement of other bank officials cannot be ruled out”. (KNS)

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