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Cheat cuffs on 2 bank employees in Burdwan

Burdwan, Jan. 1: Two bank employees have been arrested in Burdwan’s Jamalpur on the charge cheating seven farmers of Rs 8.25 lakh on the pretext of facilitating loans from Paschim Banga Gramin Bank.

The two and another person, who police said claimed to be an agent of the bank, were produced in the court of the chief judicial magistrate and remanded in five days’ police custody.

The police said that they were looking for seven others.

The matter came to light after farmer Aqtar Ali lodged an FIR with Jamalpur police on December 29 saying that he had received a notice from the bank on December 23 that said he had taken two separate loans — of Rs 1.9 lakh and Rs 79, 000 — from the bank in the first week of December last year. The bank notice served on Ali claimed he had not been paying the instalments since last year. When a surprised Ali went to the bank manager, Asit Chatterjee, he showed him documents that said he had been paid the loans, the police said.

However, the field officer and bank manager are absconding. The police said Ali had applied for the loans through an agent of the bank and had been told that the loans had not been sanctioned. The police suspect that the agent, in connivance with a section of the bank employees, got the loans sanctioned but did not tell Ali about them. Instead, the trio pocketed the money.

“It was true that I had applied for the loans. But that had never been sanctioned. I have lodged an FIR with the police,” Ali said. “During investigation we learnt that several others had been cheated in the same way. So far, we got 10 names who we suspect are involved in the fraud. We have taken three of them in our custody. We are hopeful of busting the whole racket after we interrogate the three,” said a senior police officer. Manager Chatterjee refused to talk.