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PANCHKULA: A fraud in the re­cur­ring de­posit (RD) ac­counts of the Sec­tor 8 post of­fice here has reached R32 lakh, an of­fi­cial said Satur­day. The de­part­ment came up with the fig­ure af­ter check­ing the ac­counts of 295 pass­books re­cov­ered from Mamta Gupta, an agent at the post of­fice, in Oc­to­ber, as­sis­tant su­per­in­ten­dent of post of­fices RP Kabir said.

He said they had al­ready re­cov­ered R27 lakh. Asked about other postal of­fi­cials' involvement, he said they were yet to look into that an­gle. Gupta, who used to earn a com­mis­sion for de­posit­ing the ac­count hold­ers' money at post of­fice, was ar­rested for si­phon­ing off the monthly RD in­stal­ments of cus­tomers.

The mat­ter came to light when some de­pos­i­tors ap­proached the post of­fice, say­ing that though, their de­posits had ma­tured, some in­stal­ments weren't de­posited. She used to col­lect monthly in­stal­ments from de­pos­i­tors and al­legedly, with the help of post of­fice of­fi­cials, got the pass­books stamped to show that the money had been de­posited. THE LOOP­HOLE Postal de­part­ment of­fi­cials take a month, or more in some cases, to make en­tries re­gard­ing monthly in­stal­ments, whereas pass­books are stamped at the time when the money is de­posited. Now, ac­count hold­ers have al­leged that of­fi­cials let agents stamp the pass­books.

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