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Rs 22 lakh missing from Tura ATMs
Two accused arrested
SHILLONG: Two ATM custodians have been arrested for misappropriating over Rs 22 lakh that was meant to be deposited in various ATMs in Tura in West Garo Hills district.
One Debasish Mondal of SIS Cash Service Pvt. Ltd lodged a complaint with the police that on November, 8, 9 and 10, during an internal audit, Rs 22,06,800 was found short in various ATMs in Tura. These ATMs were entrusted to the custodians identified as Amit Dalu and Rupon Das from Garo Hills.
When contacted, an official of the SIS Cash Service Pvt. Ltd said the accused were arrested after the FIR was lodged on November 12 and that police are investigating the matter.
“They are in police custody for further interrogation, but the cash is yet to be recovered,” the official said.
The official said usually two ATM custodians are given half password each and during the auditing, it was found that cash from the ATMs under their custody were misappropriated and accordingly the FIR was filed which resulted in their arrest.
“We will take future action after the completion of the police investigation,” the official added.
Shops closed: Several shops in Tura remained closed on Tuesday due to the shortage of Rs 100 notes. With sale being affected, traders met West Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner Pravin Bakshi and urged him to take up the issue with authorities concerned so that more currency notes of Rs 100 denominations are made available.
Those who have the new Rs 2,000 notes are not being able to get change from shops due to the shortage of smaller denomination notes, Bakshi said. “The traders informed that 70-80 per cent sales have been affected by the shortage of currency,” the DC said and added that the matter was discussed with bank officials.