Thursday, June 25, 2009

Martyr's wife loses Rs 11L as bank sends kin her ATM card

25 Jun 2009, 0259 hrs IST, TNN



KATIHAR: The widow of martyred cop Jitendra Mandal, who was killed in a Maoist operation at Kauakaul village in Nawada district in February this
year, learned it the hard way.

Ranjana Devi got a cheque for Rs 11,63,572 from the government after her husband was felled in the Naxal attack. She deposited the same in the Mirchaibari branch of State Bank of India in Bihar's Katihar district town on March 15 this year.

On Tuesday, she turned up at the bank for withdrawing money but, to her horror, found that a sum of over Rs 11 lakh had been withdrawn through ATM over the months. This despite the fact that she neither ever applied for an ATM card nor has got one.

SBI’s Mirchaibari branch manager S I Hussaini said on Wednesday the widow’s ‘bhaisur’ (elder brother of husband) has been identified as the main suspect.

The ATM card, issued in the name of Ranjana, was delivered at her in-laws’ place though she had by then shifted to her parents’ home. Police have already arrested the martyred cop’s two brothers.

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