IMPHAL: Thoubal police on Friday arrested two persons who had fraudulently siphoned money from the bank account of an old pensioner worth upto Rs 6.5 lakh through an ATM.
The arrest has been made in connection with FIR No. 98(7)2020 u/s 379,420 IPC.
The arrested persons have been identified as Feroz Khan (33), S/o Mantussar Ali of Lilong Tamyai and Hamidul Rahman, S/o (L) Nur Mohammad of Lilong Usokpokpi Makha near powerhouse.
The case was registered based upon a complaint of Ningthoujam Biramangol Singh (63) of Khangabok Part 2 Mayai Leikai that his ATM was fraudulently exchanged with a blocked card and was used to steal approximately Rs. 6.5 lakh from his account.
Upon questioning it was revealed that the accused had exchanged the card of the complainant with a blocked card they found abandoned in an ATM at Wangjing. They had also stealthily seen the ATM PIN of the victim. All this was done on the pretext of helping the victim inside the ATM Booth in front of DC Thoubal for money withdrawal.
The accused siphoned off a total of Rs 640,000/- over the period of last 32 days, withdrawing Rs 20,000/- everyday from different ATM booths of Kakching, Yairipok, Imphal etc. They also used the card on petrol pumps with the spent amount totalling Rs 28,370 /-. Hence the total amount siphoned off from the bank account of the victim was Rs 6,68,370/-. The District Police is in the process of recovering the money.
The arrested accused persons will be produced to the court for police custody. The photo of the accused persons were not shared as TI period has been planned.