A team of Thoubal district police in Manipur arrested two persons who have fraudulently siphoned off money from the bank account of an old pensioner, according to police sources.
The incident took place on Friday.
The arrested persons are Feroz Khan of Lilong Tamyai and Hamidul Rahman of Lilong Usokpokpi Makha near the powerhouse.
A case has been registered based on a complaint by Ningthoujam Biramangol Singh (63) of Khangabok Part II Mayai Leikai in Thoubal district.
The victim informed his ATM card was fraudulently exchanged with a blocked card and was used to steal approximately Rs 6.5 lakhs from his account.
During police investigation, it was revealed that the accused had exchanged the card of the complainant with a blocked card which they found abandoned in an ATM booth at Wangjing.
They had also stealthily seen the ATM PIN of the victim.
All this was done on the pretext of helping the victim inside the ATM booth in front of deputy commissioner’s office at Thoubal for money withdrawal, police sources said.
The accused siphoned off a total of Rs 6,40,000 over the period of last 32 days, withdrawing Rs 20,000 every day from different ATM booths of Kakching, Yairipok, Imphal etc, it said.
The source also added that they also used the card at petrol pumps and spent the amount totaling Rs 28,370.
The total amount siphoned off from the bank account of the victim as per the police source, was Rs 6,68,370.
The district police is in the process of recovering the money, it added.
The arrested accused persons will be produced before the court for further steps.