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Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: At a time when there seems to be a rush among people to link bank accounts and permanent account number (PAN) with Aadhaar keeping in view the March 31 deadline, a farmer has lost Rs 1.30 lakh from his bank account due to wrong linking in Kalahandi district.

The victim, Manoj Munda has claimed that Rs 10,000 each was withdrawn from his account for 13 times in the past one month while it was only on October 17 that he came to know about such fraudulent transaction.

It has been ascertained that Manoj’s bank account has been linked with Aadhaar number of another person, who has reportedly withdrawn the money from the former’s account.

Preliminary investigation revealed that Manoj’s savings account has been linked with the Aadhaar number of one Satyabati Bag.

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“When I went to bank and withdrew Rs 60,000 and later, on inquiring balance, I learnt that already Rs 1.30 lakh was withdrawn from my account,” said Manoj.

The incident is certainly a matter of concern for other people as it has now become mandatory to link bank and PAN with Aadhaar by March 31, 2018. Earlier, the deadline for linking Aadhaar was December 31, 2017.

Bank authorities also admitted the goof-up and informed that the matter has been brought to the notice of police authorities for necessary action.

Inspector-in-charge of Koksara police station, Pradip Kumar Dharua informed that basing on the complaint filed by Manoj, the matter has been reported to cyber crime police station for necessary investigation.

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“It appears that the victim’s bank account has been wrongly linked to another person's Aadhaar number. As the matter  involves lot of investigation, we have referred the case to cyber crime police,” said Dharua.

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