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Fraud firmís chief held

Dhubri, Aug. 9: The Dhubri district assistant manager of Monitor Group of Companies, a private financial group, Sirajul Haque, 40, was arrested last night from Gauripur market here.

The company allegedly duped depositors of nearly Rs 1 crore. The money had been deposited in different branches across Dhubri district.

Haque was arrested on the basis of an FIR lodged against him and his company by several depositors, a police source said.

A police source said the office of the company which was run from a hotel room in Gauripur town was sealed last year, but Haque has been evading arrest since then.

When contacted, the officer-in-charge of Dhubri police station, Manik Kalita, said Haque was spotted at Gauripur market and arrested.

ďAccording to the FIR lodged last year, nearly Rs 8 lakh of the customersí deposits in Dhubri and Gauripur branches of the company was allegedly siphoned off by Haque. But if the amounts of the other branches are added, it will be nearly a crore. We are interrogating him and investigating the case. A final chargesheet will be filed in the court soon,Ē Kalita said.

There were at least 11 private financial groups including Saradha, Jivan Suraksha and Monitor Group of Companies active in Dhubri district which allegedly duped around Rs 500 crore of depositorsí money and fled, shutting their offices. Many of the senior officers of these chit fund companies were arrested and are in jail. But a section of the staff and agents who were engaged in the rural branches of Dhubri district are reportedly still at large.

On the other hand, an official source in Dhubri said the enforcement directorate which had attached properties of Saradha Realty India in Dhubri last year, would now investigate into alleged swindling of money to the tune of Rs 100 crore by the companyís finance section.