SILCHAR, May 3 � The Grahak Suraksha Samiti (GSS), Katigorah regional committee has demanded a magisterial enquiry into the scam at the Jalalpur branch of the Allahabad Bank.
It may be mentioned here that more than Rs 1 crore was siphoned off from the branch on April 22.
A delegation of the regional committee along with its secretary Ismail Ali Barbhuiyan and central committee general secretary Biplab Kumar Goswami met Cachar Deputy Commissioner GM Hazarika and reported the plight of the depositors who are clueless about the fate of their hard-earned money.
Goswami maintained that the Samiti had informed the bank authorities in Silchar and the regional office at Guwahati about the alleged malpractices in the bank with respect to job cards and KCC loans way back in 2012 and demanded a probe into the issues. He said that if the authorities had looked into the matter with priority, the present situation could have been averted. �Under the circumstances where crores of public money have been siphoned off, we suspect that a powerful syndicate is behind the scam and appeal for a higher level of inquiry to find out the real culprits,� Goswami said.
Deputy Commissioner Hazarika said that he had discussed the matter with the chief manager of the Allahabad Bank and had also written a letter in this regard to the regional office of the bank. A committee was also formed to prepare a list of customers who had kept their money in the bank without any receipts. Further, Hazarika said that the bank authorities have been asked to issue a status report of the account holders with account types and the balance amount so that the victims can know the exact figures in their respective accounts.
The DC said that the police have been informed to keep an eye on the development in the case and also interrogate the cashier of the bank who has been in hospital since the scam was unearthed. Hazarika assured the GSS delegation of taking strong steps in this regard and also appealed to the customers not to deposit any money without obtaining official receipts.
Meanwhile, it is learnt that high officials of the bank have been investigating the scam.