Two arrested for siphoning money from pensioner's bank account

The accused siphoned off a total of Rs 64,0000  over the period of last 32 days, withdrawing  Rs 20,000  everyday from different ATM booths of Kakching, Yairipok,  Imphal etc.

Thoubal Police Station on Thursday arrested two persons and charges of fraudulently siphoning money from the bank account of an old pensioner. 

The arrested persons have been identified as Feroz Khan son of Mantussar Ali,33,a resident of Lilong Tamyai and Hamidul Rahman, son of (L) Nur Mohammad, a resident of Lilong Usokpokpi Makha near powerhouse. An FIR No. 98(7)2020 u/s 379,420 IPC was lodged in connection with the case. 

The case was registered, based upon a complaint of Ningthoujam Biramangol Singh, 63, of  Khangabok Part II Mayai Leikai that his ATM was fraudulently exchanged with a blocked card and 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 in Wangjing.

They had also stealthily noted 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 64,0000  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 totaling Rs28,370. Hence the total amount siphoned off from the bank account of the victim was Rs 66,8370. 

The District Police is in the process of recovering the money. The arrested accused persons will be produced to the court for police custody. 

First Published: July 11, 2020, 2:02 p.m.