Four held for pocketing ATM money to fund Punjabi flick

  • Gaurav Sagar Bhaskar, Hindustan Times, Ferozepur
  • Updated: Oct 08, 2014 22:38 IST

In an effort to multiply money and fulfill their dreams of entering the world of Punjabi cinema, two money loaders engaged with a private company responsible for loading cash into the ATMs of various national and private banks were nabbed by the Fazilka police, along with two accomplices, with `43 lakh out of the embezzled `1.15 crore.

As per information, a Chennai-based private company ISSDB had the contract to load money into ATMs of various national and private banks and its employees had the passwords of respective ATMs along with their keys.

ISSDB had the responsibility of three ATMs of State Bank of India, one each of Central Bank of India and ICICI, besides two others.

Jagsir Singh of Sein Bhagat village under Khuhi Khera police station and Mukesh Kumar and Gurcharan Singh of Khema Khera village in Muktsar were handling the above mentioned branches and ATMs of the banks.
In August 2013, the trio decided to make quick money and met Rupinder Singh and Pavitar Singh of Muktsar and hatched a plan to produce a Punjabi film.

The budget of the movie was Rs 5 crore and the trio siphoned off `1 crore from ATMs of different banks and handed over the amount to Rupinder and Pavitar.

The three would withdraw cash from the ATMs and managed to deposit the amount back into the ATMs but with the high value of missing cash, the entire drama was unearthed.

After repeated complaints of missing cash, the firm which had been given the contract sent its team to probe the matter. The three accused asked Rupinder and Pavitar to return the money but as the movie 'Kinna Karde Pyar' for which cash was invested could not be released, the two failed to return the cash.

SSP Fazilka Swapan Sharma said the scam came to light during the probe and police booked Jagsir Singh, Mukesh Kumar and Gurcharan Singh, besides Rupinder and Pavitar. All except Jagsir were arrested with two vehicles worth Rs 30 lakh.

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