CRPF jawan held for withdrawing forged cheques worth Rs 1 lakh

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Jammu, Nov 8 (UNI) A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) constable was arrested for withdrawing an amount of Rs 1 lakh through forged cheques from Jammu and Kashmir Bank Limited branch here, police sources today said.

Police said the constable managed to get three cheques worth over Rs 1 lakh encashed from City Branch of Jammu and Kashmir Bank Ltd (JKBL) from the account of a Government officer and was in the process of getting another cheque cashed when arrested.

''CRPF constable, identified as Harish Kumar hailing from Gujarat, presently posted in 68 battalion headquartered at Gangyal, was arrested by the police. On his disclosure, a raid was conducted at his residence and amount of Rs 1 lakh was recovered,'' police sources told UNI.

Police added that they found four cheques near ADB branch of State Bank of India (SBI) at Canal Road which were signed by the Director, Hospitality and Protocol, who had issued to the bank against a loan availed by him.

''Three cheques were cashed by the constable on November 2, 5 and 11 to the tune of Rs 40,000, Rs 39,500 and Rs 21,000 respectively and Rs 1,00,500 from JKBL's Residency Road branch by signing a fictitious name,'' police said.

The authority to whom cheques actually belonged, informed the Bank staff on which a matter was reported to the police.

''The CRPF constable when approached the City branch of Jammu and Kashmir Bank Limited to withdraw the last cheque filling an amount of Rs 24,000, he was apprehended by a waiting police party inside the bank,'' official sources said.

The constable, after questioning, revealed about recovery of cheques and their encashment by him on a fictitious name while case against the constable has been registered for further investigations.

UNI

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