According to a report on India today, the adoptive father of Kathua victim has lost large amounts of money which he had received as donation from various sources. Donation money has been siphoned off from his bank account by anonymous people.
He went to J&K Bank to withdraw some money on April 10. In turn, he received a rude shock.
“Someone has withdrawn more than Rs 10 lakh from our joint account. We have no information about it. The statement shows consistent withdrawal and we are only left with Rs 35,000 in the account. We were told over Rs 1 crore had been donated from all over the world, but don’t know where it went,” said the father.
The Bakerwal family is illiterate and are dependent on thumb-impresssions for such transactions. The family fears that someone may have acquired access to approved cheques.
The grief-stricken man asked, “Where has the money gone? We are uneducated and do not know what happened.”
According to J&K Bank due procedure had been followed. Money was withdrawn using cheques signed and dated so the bank could do little to refuse. “Bank received the cheques with proper dates and impression. The family can block the cheque book, till further notice. Someone within their known circle has had access to all details and ensured bank protocol was followed,” said the branch head of J&K Bank, where the account was opened.
In total, as of today, approximately Rs 22 lakh has been withdrawn from the account. The victim’s father has withdrawn only Rs 10 lakh, the rest is a matter of speculation and demands an investigation.
Meanwhile, none of the politicians who were making rounds of his house last year, have turned up to provide some assistance to the family in these troubled times.
“I do not know where those leaders are? Initially many came and helped. They did not approach me recently,” he said.