From our Correspondent
KOKRAJHAR, October 5: Three months ago Anuprabha Islary of Kokrajhar Mwiderkhoro was duped Rs. 3.60 lakh within nine days in ATM fraud. Another woman of Thapara, Kokrajhar was also duped of Rs. 2.35 lakh in a same manner and after that a senior citizen of Chirang, Alendra Basumatary was duped of Rs. 20,000 from an ATM at Dhaligaon. Certain unscrupulous people are trying to dupe people with their deceitful approach. Many people have lost their hard-earned money. Anuprabha Islary said that on June 7 she went to the ATM near Suman Petrol Pump in Kokrajhar town in the morning. Her ATM card did not work despite several attempts. She said there was no rush of people in the ATM being early morning. A person who was standing behind her offered help. She gave the ATM card and when the card worked she entered the secret PIN number and withdrew Rs 4,000. She said the person returned the ATM card and she left. She did not realize that the person had exchanged her card with a fake one. “There was no mobile alert of money withdrawn and I came to know only after checking my transaction details on June 15 that there was only Rs 74,000 left in the account,” she said, adding that she even deposited an amount of Rs. 1,10,773 in the same account on June 10. She also said the thief had been continuously withdrawing money from her account from June 7 to June 15, amounting to Rs. 40,000 daily in different places, mostly in Guwahati.
Islary said she had lodged an FIR at Kokrajhar police station on June 16 and investigation was on to contain the unscrupulous circle. She quoted a police officer of Kokrajhar as saying that more time could be needed to detect the fraud circle as operation against such dubious operatives was going on all around.
Chirang police could apprehend three members of the gang from Kajalgaon in August. They were from Hary, UP and Rajasthan. The arrested gang members in Kajalgaon are Rakesh Kumar, Manjit Kumar and Rajesh Kumar, a civil engineer.
Apart from these, there were also reports that some fraudsters claimed to be the Chief Mager of State Bank of India (SBI) or mager of other banks in Kokrajhar. The fake magers used to call people, asking them to give the ATM card number saying that his/her card had to be re-activated for continuation. Unscrupulous people are duping gullible people of their money with such fraudulent means.