Dharmvati, the widow of Lance Naik Hemraj, stated in her complaint that the man first met her at Hemraj's house in Kherar Sher Nagar village in Mathura district on Friday morning. Identifying himself as Amit Kumar and claiming to represent the Army Headquarters, he suggested that Dharmvati should keep the money received by her as relief in more than one bank.
Hemraj's family members felt that Amit's advice was a good one. They decided to withdraw the Rs 20 lakh Dharmvati had earlier deposited in the Chhatta branch of the State Bank of India.
She therefore went along with her uncle Gajendra Singh, brother-in-law Bhagwan Singh and Amit to the Chhatta branch. "Rs 20 lakh were withdrawn from the bank, out of which a fixed deposit of Rs 10 lakh was made in the same branch in favour of my daughter Shivani, whereas we planned to deposit the remaining Rs 10 lakh in a bank in nearby Bukharari village," Dharmvati said in her complaint.
She then proceeded to Bukharari with the three men. Dharmvati rode pillion on Amit's motorcycle while Bhagwan Singh and Gajendra Singh were on another bike. As per the complaint, the Rs 10 lakh they had withdrawn from the SBI Chhatta branch was kept in Amit's bag.
"Amit stopped his motorcycle at a petrol pump near Sonu Monu Dhaba at the outskirt of Kosi town, pretending that he needed petrol for his bike," Dharmvati told the police.
Amit fled with the Rs 10 lakh as soon as she got down from the bike, her complaint mentioned.
Pradeep Yadav, Senior Superintendent of Police, said that an enquiry is on. Investigators are hopeful that the CCTV footage of the bank will enable them to nab Amit.
The SSP said that last month somebody had tried to illegally withdraw Rs 60 lakh, a portion of the relief package provided to Hemraj's family, from a different SBI branch.
Two cheques of Rs 30 lakh each were submitted at the SBI branch in Palwal, Haryana. The person responsible wanted to withdraw the amount from Dharmvati's account at the bank.
In view of this attempt, police officials had advised her to inform them whenever she was making any major financial transaction. However, Dharmvati failed to do so on Friday and ended up losing a large sum of money.
Incidentally, her late husband was beheaded by Pakistani troops near the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir on Jan 8.
OneIndia News (with PTI inputs)