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Cheque fraudster in cop net

Patna, Jan. 13: Police today claimed to have nabbed one Bhupendra Singh Chopra, alias Bunty Singh, one of the accused in the cheque fraud case at the Patna district magistrate’s office two months ago.

Patna senior superintendent of police (SSP) Manu Maharaaj said: “A special investigation team of the city police nabbed the man from Dhanbad in Jharkhand last night.”

In the incident, which came to light on November 21, Rs 3.50 crore was siphoned off from the branches of three nationalised banks and then transferred to three firms in Dhanbad and Chennai, respectively.

The cheques, belonging to the district programme office of the Patna collectorate, were stolen from the office and then the signatures of the Patna DM and the district programme officer were forged and the transactions were made.

The police said around 20 criminals are involved in this racket. “Bhupendra is one of them to be nabbed. While being grilled, the man confessed to his crime and provided tip-offs. He said he had got Rs 25 lakh as his share, which he had deposited in his Karnataka Bank account in Dhanbad. Of this money, Bhupendra paid Rs 6 lakh to an aide, while the rest was in his account,” the SSP said.