July 18, 2014 11:58:18 am
The police on Thursday arrested five employees of a nationalised bank for dealing in fake currency notes.
The incident took place at Manikchowk Ultra Small Branch of State Bank of India in Malda. The “gang of five” had been allegedly running the “racket” for a long time. “They used to dole out counterfeit notes to unsuspecting customers”. ”
On Saturday, one Muzaffar withdrew Rs 10,000 from the bank and was handed fake notes,” informed a police official. After one Sheikh Isaac and Chaitanya Das withdrew Rs 5,000 each and similarly got fake notes, they contacted the bank.
The authorities reportedly denied any knowledge and said they were not responsible for the notes (being fake). A written complaint was then filed at Manikchowk police station following which all five, including cashier Mobarak Hossain, were arrested.
When Hossain was first contacted, he had feigned ignorance. “How do I know where the notes came from? They had withdrawn the money on Saturday. We give them the same notes that come from Manikchowk Branch of the bank. We don’t have any mechanism to check all the notes,” he said.
The branch has over 6,000 account holders. Malay Chakraborty, manager, Manikchowk branch, said: “We have sorting machines in place and all the notes that are sent are checked (through these machines) first,” he said.
A senior police official with the Manikchowk police station said the five were produced before a local court, which has sent them to three-day police custody.
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