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Mrunal Manmay Dash

A couple from Baligohiri village under Balasore’s Nilagiri area sat on dharna in front the IndusInd Bank’s branch office in Balasore accusing the staff of swindling money from their fixed deposit and saving accounts, on Thursday.

As per reports, Sameer Pradhan and wife Jyotsna Pradhan from Baligohiri had kept Rs 10 lakh in a fixed deposit account and a savings account having Rs 2.45 lakh balance at the Balasore branch of IndusInd bank. Life turned upside down for Jyotsna on December 28 (Tuesday) when she saw the entire fixed deposit amount had been wiped clean from her account.

She ran from pillar to post before finally reaching the bank to lodge a complaint and block the savings account fearing someone might withdraw money from there too.

As per allegations, nobody in the branch paid attention to Jyotsna’s complaint and request, and subsequently, the balance of Rs 2.45 lakh in the savings bank account was cleaned by the miscreant too.

Though this con act amounts to cyber fraud, the Pradhans alleged that a nexus between some bank officials and fraudster was responsible for the disappearance of Rs 12.45 lakh from the accounts.

Dejected and hopeless after losing all their hard earned money, the couple staged a dharna in front of the branch demanding justice.

Speaking to reporters, Sameer said, “I have all the documents pertaining to the fixed deposit. It is not possible to withdraw from the fixed deposit without the consent of the account holder. I am sure the bank officials are involved in this.”

“Forget about the cyber fraud. This is a plain fraud in which the bank officials swindled my hard earned money. I want them arrested and my money back,” Pradhan demanded.

The bank authorities were unavailable for comments in this connection.

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