CRIME WATCH: Bank forgery

CRIME WATCH: Bank forgery – caught in the act ?!!

FROM THE TELEGRAPH CORRESPONDENT

Islampur, Sept. 5: A Group D employee of a college here was arrested along with his wife and father-in-law while trying to withdraw more than Rs 4 lakh from the savings account of the institution in a nationalised bank by forging the signature of the principal.

Bishnu Mondal, his wife Yasmin Khatun and her father Mohammad Belaluddin were arrested on the basis of two separate complaints filed by the branch manager of the bank, and Raghabendra Roy, the principal of Agrasen College.

Yasmin and Belaluddin had gone to the bank yesterday, and submitted the cheque for Rs 4,50,550. Debasis Banerjee, the bank manager, while verifying the signature of the principal on the cheque, became suspicious and called in the duo, who were waiting for money.

“When I asked about the money, Belaluddin told me that he had supplied building material to the college and the authorities have paid him his dues. He also told me that his son-in-law was a fourth grade staff at the college and has given him the cheque,” Banerjee said. “I still had some doubts and made Yasmin call Bishnu on his cellphone. He arrived but his explanation did not satisfy me. Just as I was about to verify with the principal, he confessed to forging the cheque.”

Principal Roy said he was curious about how Bishnu got access to the chequebook. “The chequebook is supposed to be with the cashier of the college. The cashier has been showcaused.” College sources said the cashier might have sent Bishnu, a peon, with the chequebook to the governing body president for his signature and the Group D staff might have taken away one of the pages then.

Partha Ghosh, the subdivisional officer of Islampur, has ordered an administrative inquiry against the college authorities.

6-yr-old killed – hacked to death ?!!

FROM THE TELEGRAPH CORRESPONDENT

Islampur, Sept. 5: A six-year-old boy was hacked to death in a Goalpokhor village yesterday, allegedly by a neighbour who had accused him of drowning his eight-year-old son a fortnight ago.

No one has been arrested.

Zer Mohammad, the boy, was alone in a room at his house in Kandigach village when he was attacked.

His father was offering namaz in a nearby mosque and mother was praying in another room, when two-three people entered the house and hacked the boy to death with a sickle.

“Hearing a groan, we ran out and found our son dead, lying in a pool of blood. My brother saw our neighbour Mohammad Taiyab and his two sons running away from our home,” said Hamid Mohammad.

According to Hamid, Taiyab’s eight-year-old son drowned in a nearby pond about a fortnight ago. He had been playing with Zer and some other boys near the pond when the accident happened. “Since then, Taiyab has been accusing Zer of killing his son. He murdered my son to avenge the death,” Hamid said.

He filed a police complaint naming Taiyab and his two sons, Mohammad Kalam and Mohammad Gulzar.

Goalpokhor police said the three accused have fled the village, 35km from here. “We are trying to trace and arrest them,” an officer said.

Today, a group of villagers raided Taiyab’s house, which was deserted.

A police picket has been posted in the area.

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