Bank Fraud: Farmer attempts suicide

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Sat Singh

Tribune New Service
Bhiwani, September 29
A farmer, identified as Balwan Singh of Dharan village, today attempted suicide in his fields after discovering that his bank deposits were allegedly being withdrawn by officials fraudulently.
Victim’s son Jaibhagwan told mediapersons that his father had an account with Sarv Haryana Gramin Bank in Dhanimahu village of the district. His father deposited his income from agriculture fields in that bank only from where he also got a loan under the Kisan Credit Card scheme.
He said bank officials allegedly entered the amount deposited by his father in the passbook manually, but did not add it in the original records.
“Recently, my father came to know that his Kisan Credit Card has a due of Rs 3.97 lakh and the bank balance figure did not match with the passbook entries. When he asked for the details of his transactions, bank officials refused to share it,” he said.
His father approached the head office of the bank in Rohtak, where some officials accused him of conniving with the local bank officials in committing a fraud, he said.
The victim’s son said it perturbed his father that besides losing his lifelong savings, he would be penalised for no fault and he tried ending his life by hanging himself in fields today.
Tosham police station in charge Kuldeep Singh said the victim’s statement had not been recorded as he was unconscious.

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