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Man arrested for refusing to return money credited to his bank account erroneously

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A private tutor in Bihar’s Khagaria district has been arrested for refusing to return ₹5.5 lakh credited to his bank account erroneously by the South Bihar Gramin Bank. Despite several notices served on him by bank officials, he did not return the amount, saying the “money was sent by the Narendra Modi government as promised by the Prime Minister to give ₹15 lakh to everyone’s bank account”.

In a similar case, two school students were pleasantly surprised when they found their accounts in Katihar district of north Bihar credited with crores of rupees overnight. Hearing it, residents of their village too rushed to the bank ATM hoping for a similar luck for them.

In the first incident, Ranjit Das, a native of Bakhtiyarpur village under the Mansi police station, received the money in his account due to some technical error. Once the bank detected it, he was sent as many as six notices to return the money, but he refused.

FIR lodged

Bank manger Satyanarayan Prasad lodged an FIR with the police on August 17.

“I felt that the money has been sent to my bank account by the Modi government due to COVID-19 and the lockdown. Mr. Modi had promised everyone that ₹15 lakh will be deposited in their bank account and I thought it could be the first instalment of that promised money”, Mr. Das told the police. “I was happy that the government had sent money into my account when I needed it most. How else could such amount reach my empty bank account? And, since I needed money for some urgent works, I’ve spent ₹1,60,970.”

“Mr. Das was arrested and produced before a local court on September 15 and it sent him in judicial custody. The remaining amount has been debited from his account by the bank”, said Mansi police station in charge Deepak Kumar.

Similar incident

In the second incident, schoolboys Guruchandra Biswas and Asit Kumar of Azamnagar were pleasantly surprised after they came to know that a total sum of ₹960 crore has been credited in their account. Biswas and Kumar are said to have received ₹60 crore and ₹900 crore respectively on September 15 in their bank account at the Bhelaganj branch of North Bihar Gramin Bank when they had gone check their account hoping to get some money under a government scheme for school students to buy school uniform. When they came to know about such huge money credited to their account, other villagers rushed to the ATM of the bank hoping for similar luck but they returned egg-faced.

Accounts frozen

Bank manager Manoj Gupta wondered how such a huge amount of money was credited in the accounts of the boys. “Both the accounts have been frozen and higher bank officials have been informed about it”, he said. There was “some glitch in the computer system of the bank”.

Katihar district magistrate Udayan Mishra said he had “received the information about the huge sum credited to the bank account of two school students. Investigation is on and I have sought a report from the bank regarding this”.

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