World Bank cheque forgery case
GUWAHATI, July 25: The seven-member gang, who were arrested on Tuesday from Panbazar for forging World Bank cheques have mentioned another person involved with the fraudulence act during the interrogation of the police. However, they are yet to name the person who is allegedly the mastermind behind the act.
Few days back, a youth identified as Dipjyoti Sarma visited the SBI, Panbazar branch bringing along two forged World Bank cheques of Rs 50 lakh each. The cheques were allegedly issued for some works conducted in the PWD and sponsored by the World Bank. The team chooses to clear the cheques using the account of Dipjytoi’s father Pabitra sarma, a pensioner and a resident of Patacharkuchi, Barpeta. Notably, the forged SBI cheques were said to be issued by the World Bank, PWD Division.
On suspicion, the concerned officer (s) of SBI, Panbazar immediately consulted with the designated officers of the World Bank, PWD Division as well as the SBI, Uttarakhand. Significantly, both the institutions denied of such issuance. Eventually, the SBI, Panbazar immediately lodged an FIR at Panabzar police station following which a case was registered and the police started investigation. In the meantime, SBI, Panbazar also talked with Dipjyoti’s father over phone to gather some details of the cheques. However, the conversation intensified the suspicion. Later, the officers concerned asked Dipjyoti to bring an application to supplement his claim written by his father Pabitra Sarma. Notably, the signature of the application did not match the account.
After the thorough examination, the SBI Panbazar called Dipjyoti to visit the branch on Tuesday informing that he could collect the cash against his cheques. However, Dipjyoti was called only to trap along with his team involved with the fraudulence act. Eventually, as soon as Dipjyoti arrived at the branch, a team of officers of the Crime Branch accompanied by Panbazar police arrested Dipjyoti on the spot. Accordingly, 6 others who were waiting somewhere nearby the bank were also arrested immediately.