IMPHAL: Porompat Police Station has registered an FIR against the Pradhan and a ward member of Thambalkhong Gram Panchayat in connection with the charges of fraudulent withdrawal of MGNREGS wages from the Manipur Sate Co-operative Bank by forging signatures of the job card workers.
The police station registered the FIR no. 100(6)2020 PRT-PS u/s 420/468/120-B/34 IPC (Cheating, forging documents as a genuine with criminal conspiracy) against the incumbent Pradhan of Thambalkhong GP Koijam Koijam ongbi Roma Devi, wife of K Olen Singh of Ayangpalli road, and ward member Sarangthem ongbi Anita Devi, wife of S Ibomcha Singh of Thambalkhong Sabal Leikai, in response to a complaint filed by six aggrieved job card workers namely Mutum Ichal Devi, Toijam Geeta, Lairenmayum Romila Chanu, Toijam Binarani, Sarangthem Nganthoibi and Toijam Sophiya, all residents of Thambalkhong Sabal Leikai.
In the complaint, the six aggrieved job card workers stated that wages of MGNREGS were earlier credited to their bank accounts opened at Manipur Rural Bank, Kongba and Porompat branches. Getting information about wages having been credited to the accounts of the job card workers, they visited the said banks to withdraw it. Upon checking of account statements, they found that no wages had been credited to their accounts. In follow up investigation, it came to light that their wages have been fraudulently withdrawn by the Pradhan and the ward member from the fake accounts at Manipur State Co-operative Bank, Porompat, which were opened without the consent of the job card workers by forging documents and signatures.
The complainants further stated that the Thambalkhong GP has around 2006 job card workers, of whom it is positively suspected that the Pradhan and the ward member had opened around 300 fake accounts at MSCB Bank without the knowledge of the job card workers.
Having registered an FIR to this effect, Porompat Police initiated an investigation. Police visited the MSCB Bank and collected relevant documents from the banks. They also attempted to arrest the culprits but were fruitless as the accused persons had already been granted anticipatory bail by the Session Judge Imphal east on June 24, police sources said.
The complainants also knocked the door of the Manipur Human Rights Commission seeking justice. The commission had registered a case under section 12 of MHRC act 1993 on June 24 and directed the DGP to submit a report of investigation along with FIR copy by July 8.
The Commission also sought replies from General Manager of MSCB, Addl Chief Secretary (RD&PR), Government of Manipur in connection with the case by July 8.
Subsequently, Additional DGP (HR), General Manager of MSCB, Project officer, DRDA Imphal east, Government of Manipur have submitted their replies to the Commission.