The Soro police on Wednesday arrested a girl on charges of duping women members of various Self Help Groups (SHGs) at Muleswar village in Balasore district to the tune of Rs 5o lakh.
The accused has been identified as Rubina Khatoon who has been booked for cheating following her arrest.
According to reports, Khatoon had taken loans to the tune of Rs 50 lakh from the self help groups under different pretexts. But, allegedly she failed to repay her loan for a protracted period following which the self help groups registered complaints against her with the local police station.
“We trusted her and gave away a huge amount of loans. But she never cared to pay back her debts even after a long time. She didn’t even pay the interest. We had no option left but to complain with the police station for getting back our hard earned money,” said Sabina Khatoon, member of a self help group in the village.
The Soro police have forwarded Rubina to a local court following her arrest, reports stated.
“Around 40 women from different self help groups of Muleswar village have complained against Rubina Khatoon for duping them of Rs 50 lakh. The accused has been arrested and forwarded to the court. Further investigation into the incident is underway,” said Soro IIC Madhumita Mohanty.