Panchayat elections had been held on November 29 in Rehua village beneath Chopra panchayat in Purnea district. As per the election process, the women voters’ finger prints had been taken in the biometric instrument earlier than they had been being allowed to caste their votes. Soon after this, money vanished from their financial institution accounts at a Canara Bank department.
Dukhani Devi, one of many victims, mentioned: “I had Rs 46,000 in my account with Canara Bank. When I went to the bank on November 30 to withdraw some money, the cashier told me that I did not have any money in the account.”
Another sufferer, Vidya Devi, mentioned that she had Rs 5,000 in her account, which has disappeared now.
After the news unfold, many women rushed to the financial institution to replace their passbooks.
All the victims claimed that the presiding officers on the polling cubicles in their village had taken their fingerprints on a biometric instrument on the polling day, after which they misplaced all their deposits in the financial institution.
“After we came to know of the incident, we urged the District Magistrate of Purnea to initiate an inquiry into the matter. It is a criminal offence where electoral devices are used to siphon off money from people’s bank accounts. We have also requested the DM to register an FIR in this matter,” mentioned Javed Iqbal, the Mukhiya of Chopra panchayat.