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Probe into suspicious transactions in Jan Dhan accounts initiated

The police are investigating repeated deposits and withdrawal of large amounts of money in Jan Dhan bank accounts of around 13 members of a Self-Help Group (SHG) here, the police said.

The account holders of Gopinathpur branch of a bank claim that they have not operated their accounts even once after the accounts were opened last year.

“We are investigating the matter. If any cognisable offence is established, then appropriate criminal prosecutions will be initiated,” city DCP Sanjiv Arrora said.

If any revenue or financial mismanagement is established, then appropriate agencies would be intimated, he said.

The members of Tulasi SHG said they had opened the Jan Dhan accounts in order to avail loans if any, in future. But they were surprised to notice that heavy transactions had been made in their accounts after the demonetization of higher denominations was announced in November.

Although such bogus transactions in the Jan Dhan accounts were brought to the notice of the bank officials, they appeared indifferent, some of the account holders claimed.

Senior officials of the bank were not immediately available for comment.