Odishatv Bureau

Salepur: Chakradhar Rout is now a worried man as his entire savings of over Rs 2 lakh that he had kept for his daughter's marriage has been fraudulently withdrawn from his bank account.

The latest ATM fraud has been reported from Malsasan village under Salepur police limits in Cuttack district.

Chakradhar runs a small tea stall and had kept his entire saving in bank. However, unidentified miscreants have withdrawn nearly Rs 2.28 lakh from his State Bank of India (SBI) account through a debit card that he never applied for.

Sources said, the fraud was detected on February 1 after Chakradhar's daughter had gone to update the bank passbook and was informed by authorities that that money was withdrawn from the account on several occasions.

"I had received ATM card on January 15 and was surprised as had never applied for the same. The card that I have received is a duplicate one," said Chakradhar.

Chakradhar alleged that money was withdrawn from his account between January 17 and 21 last month.

"It is evident that Chakradhar had not applied for the ATM card and how a card was issued in his name is now under scanner as his signature also does not match," said Ramesh Jena, a local villager.

PK Jena, Salepur SDPO on the other hand informed that a case has been registered and preliminary investigation reveals that the customer had not applied for a debit card while the card was also hijacked in postal stage.

"We have started a probe into the incident," said Jena.