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Claim­ing that it was as­so­ci­ated it PNB, the branch had taken up their oper­a­tions for pro­vid­ing loan and mak­ing ap­point­ments, the SP added.

“More than 2,000 zero bal­ance ac­counts of lo­cal peo­ple were opened at the branch and a fake web­site www.ivmin­fosys.com-with its server in the USA was also cre­ated to dupe the in­vestors,” Sinha said, adding that the “cor­po­rate of­fice” of the fake branch was stated to be in Delhi.

The raid was car­ried fol­low­ing a writ­ten com­plaint by PNB of­fi­cials, the SP added.

Alok Ku­mar, a lo­cal res­i­dent who was present there dur­ing the raid, said he had been duped of R1.60 lakh in the name of pro­vid­ing him a job in the fake PNB branch.

“A team of se­nior po­lice of­fi­cials is in­ter­ro­gat­ing the ar­rested per­sons,” the SP said, adding that the lease agree­ment with the house owner had been seized.

Some more such fake branches were func­tion­ing at Mahua in Vaishali, be­sides neigh­bour­ing Saran and Muzaf­farpur dis­tricts, the ar­rested per­sons had re­port­edly told the po­lice dur­ing in­ter­ro­ga­tion. “The Mahua branch was found closed on Satur­day when the po­lice reached there,” Sinha said. The Saran and Muzaf­farpur po­lice had been in­formed about the func­tion­ing of such fake branches in the dis­tricts, he added.

Claim­ing that this was huge racket, the SP said that raids were on to ap­pre­hend the king­pin.

“All the ar­rested per­sons be­longed to Ha­jipur and Pahleja in Saran district,” he added.

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