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Former Bank Manager Arrested For Withdrawing Rs 60 Lakh From Angul Collector's Account

15 September 2019

Diptanshu Dash

Angul: Former Branch Manager of HDFC Bank Angul branch was arrested on Saturday for frauding the district Collector of about Rs 60 lakhs.

As per Police records, the Angul Collector has an account at Angul branch of HDFC Bank. The account held finances required for various developmental projects such as construction of National Highways and State Highways in the district.

A few days ago, the district administration came to know that Rs 59,41,481 has been drawn from the account using eight cheques. Additionally, the cheques held impostor signatures and were never issued by the Collectorate. Hence, Collector lodged an FIR at the Angul Police station.

Initiating probe, the Police took custody of one Shakti Bedant Das; who was the branch manager of till 2018. During interrogation, it came to fore that Das had masterminded the fraud.

Das accepted that he had sent a request for a new checkbook on behalf of the Collector. He then forged signature and collected money on eight separate occasions. After the scam, Das quit his job and had moved to Bhubaneswar.

Das was then arrested and has been forwarded to Court. The probe is still underway as the Police are trying to ascertain if any other person from the bank or the Collectorate office might be involved in this scam.

Jagmohan Meena, SP, Angul