Dibrugarh police have began investigation after three elderly customers of UCO Bank’s Dibrugarh branch have complaint of losing over Rs 36.6 lakh. The customers alleged that cash was withdrawn from their accounts by fraudulent means.
UCO Bank Dibrugarh branch manager Acharjee Sonowal said they have also filed an FIR at Dibrugarh police station in connection with the incident.
“The customers will get their money back but it will take some time because the investigation is under process. From today, we have been monitoring every cheque up to Rs 1 lakh. If somebody has deposited a cheque of Rs 1 lakh from our branch we are calling him for authentication,” Sonowal said.
The incidents came to light after a 75-year-old retired professor of Dibrugarh Hanumanbax Surajmall Kanoi (DHSK) Commerce College, Madan Mohan Goswami, lodged a complaint at the bank about the “disappearance” of Rs 10.8 lakh from his savings bank account on September 28.
An internal inquiry conducted by the bank found that the amount was withdrawn through a UCO Bank branch in Hyderabad through a single cheque on September 24.
The other two cases in the same branch were detected on Wednesday (October 3) after the bank authorities carried out an internal investigation on all big-ticket transactions carried out by them recently.
It was discovered that two transactions were carried out in a similar manner in the name of two of its customers.
In one case, Rs 15 lakh was withdrawn from the account of R.K. Garodia of RK Garodia and Sons Ltd, while Rs 10.8 lakh was withdrawn from the account of Bisweswar Chakraborty.
Dibrugarh police station officer-in-charge Siddheswar Bora on Friday said that they are investigating into the matter.
“Right now we cannot say anything because the investigation is at primary state but it is sure that the culprit will be arrested soon,” Bora said.