FAKE PNB BRANCH DETECTED IN VAISHALI
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.