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Odishatv Bureau

A man, who allegedly posed as a doctor at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Patna (Bihar), was arrested by the Badambadi Police in Cuttack on Thursday for duping a bank of several lakhs of rupees.

Police said the accused has taken loan from a city-based scheduled bank amounting to over Rs 16 lakh using forged documents.

The IIC of Badambadi Police Station, Rashmi Ranjan Mohapatra said that the chief manager of Union Bank Cuttack lodged a complaint on November 11, stating that one Sidhant Sarthak, who claimed to be posted at the AIIMS Patna, took a loan of Rs 16.5 lakh from the bank by forging documents to buy a SUV. Later, he bought the vehicle from the company's showroom at Rourkela.

The IIC further said the accused recently approached several branches of the bank in Cuttack for a personal loan of Rs 10 lakh by posing himself as a doctor at the AIIMS Patna. However, during the verification of documents, it came to notice that he had submitted fake PAN, ID cards and other related documents, the IIC said.

Based on the complaint, police apprehended the accused Sidhant Sarthak on Wednesday and found several rubber stamps of doctors, ATM cards and bank passbooks in different names. Police also seized the SUV and some other medical items from his possession.

"After further investigation, we found that the real name of the accused is Sridhar Rout and his father's name is Sarat Rout. He is a resident of Dahaliabag under Sadar Police Station in Cuttack," said Mohapatra.

Besides, in 2019, the accused had taken a car loan from a branch of the Bank of Baroda in Bhubaneswar and a case in connection with the non-payment of loan was registered with the Nayapalli Police. Subsequently, Sridhar Rout was arrested and forwarded to a court, the IIC added.

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