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‘Illegal’ withdrawals from villagers’ accounts; banker suspended

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Parvesh Sharma

Tribune News Service

Sangrur, August 4

Lakhs of rupees misappropriated

  • Several farmers have filed complaints against Punjab Gramin Bank's Daska branch in Sangrur regarding illegal transfer of their money in lakhs into bogus accounts or usage of their accounts for misappropriation of funds. Senior authorities of the bank as well as the Sangrur SSP have begun separate investigations.

In what appears to be a big financial scam, officials posted at Punjab Gramin Bank's (PGB) Daska branch allegedly withdrew lakhs of rupees from farmers' accounts without their consent. Some farmers have also lost their debt waiver relief.

Farmer Nirmal Singh from Daska alleged that his deceased father Gurnam Singh had a Kisan Credit Card (KCC) account and also a savings account at the aforesaid branch.

"Bank officials transferred a debt waiver amount of Rs 1,38,011 from the KCC account of my father after his death to his savings account without our consent. Later, they created a bogus account in my name and transferred the money to it before withdrawing the same," said Nirmal Singh, while showing his complaint that he had sent to senior officials of the PGB and the Sangrur SSP.

Another farmer, Harbhajan Singh, from Ratta Khera village accused the bank officials of withdrawing Rs 3.95 lakh from his KCC account and depositing it in his savings account without his consent on May 28 this year. "Later, it was transferred electronically to another account without my consent. Officials didn't give satisfactory reply," he said.

Another Daska resident, Amarjit Kaur, who had a joint account with one of her kin at the PGB's Daska branch, alleged that the account had been closed in November 2018. "A few days ago, we learnt that bank officials did not close our account and used it for illegal transactions. They also misappropriated our debt waiver relief worth Rs 95,059," she alleged.

There are many farmers who have come up with similar complaints. "We have suspended the manager of the Daska branch after receiving multiple complaints. A thorough inquiry is on," said Harpal Singh, PGB regional manager, Sangrur.

Sangrur SSP Sandeep Garg said, "I have directed the DSP-D to conduct a through investigation into the cases. We will take action according to investigation report."

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