Railways give compensations, middlemen benefit

Sambalpur: The railways took over their their land for laying up of tracks. Even compensations were granted, But what they got was pittance. For, the middlemen usurped the lion`s share. The victim Dasarath Banchhor belongs to village Paridhiapalli on the outskirts of Sambalpur town. Dasarath is not alone who has been duped by the middlemen, thanks to illiteracy and simplicity. The middlemen have looted about Rs 20 lakh of four families.

Narrating his sordid saga Dasrath said that the middlemen first asked them to give their signatures on plain papers. Later the conmen opened bank accounts in the local branch of IDBI against their names. Then the cheques issued by the railways were deposited in their savings bank accounts by the middlemen. After withdrawing full amounts, the middlemen only gave peanuts to the beneficiaries like and Dasrath and duped large sums.

The local police intervened on receiving complaints from Dasrath and others. The police has arrested one Sudershan Sahu though he denied his involvement. The additional superintendent of police of Sambalpur, Dillip Kumar Deo when querried said, "the middlemen were quite familiar with the beneficiaries and hailed from the same village. So the members of the four families believed in them."

But question arises how could the bank staff allow outsiders draw money from accounts of the genuine account holders? The bank officials were tight-lipped on the entire episode.