In a major goof-up, two schoolchildren in Bihar’s Katihar discovered that their account has been credited crores of rupees overnight. Notably, the school students were expecting money under a government scheme for school uniforms and related expenses.
Following the development, a long queue of residents was witnessed outside banks and ATMs in the area hoping for similar luck. The duo has accounts in Uttar Bihar Gramin Bank. Class 6 student Ashish found himself rich by over Rs 6.2 crore. Another schoolboy, Guru Charan Vishwas, was surprised to see over Rs 900 crore sitting in his account.
As per the available details, the students went to a public internet centre in the village to check whether the money had come. On checking their statement, they were shocked to find crores of rupees credited into their accounts.
The village head has confirmed the matter. Local reports say the bank is investigating the transactions.
Katihar district magistrate Udayan Mishra said, “I received information last evening that a huge sum has been found in the bank accounts of two boys. We are investigating it. We opened the bank branch early this morning to check how it happened. The branch manager told us there was some glitch in the computerised system of sending money. The amount was visible in their statements but the actual money wasn’t in their account. I have sought a report from the bank.”
Not the first incident
This is not the first incident of a huge wrong amount being sent to a bank customer or made to reflect in the statement in Bihar in recent times.
A man in a village on Patna’s outskirts was sent to jail for not returning over Rs 5 lakh that was credited into his account by mistake. The man had refused to return the money to the bank, claiming the amount was government relief sent by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
In another incident, a resident of Bihar’s Khagaria received Rs 1.61 lakh in his account after a bank error and has now refused to let go of the money saying it was sent by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as financial aid. A staff of the Dakshin Gramin Bank’s Bakhtiyarpur branch in Mansi block erroneously transferred the money from one account holder to another.
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