Thiruvananthapuram: The police probing the siphoning of Rs 15 lakh from multiple accounts at Kazhakkoottam sub-treasury office have found that Rs 2.5 lakh was withdrawn from the account of Mohanakumari by a person named Naveen as he had signed on the cheque presented for withdrawing the money.
Police have started a probe to identify Naveen and it has been found that the mobile number provided for the transaction belongs to a Palakkad native who is no way involved in the crime.
The probe team will question Mohanakumari soon to know whether she is familiar with any person named Naveen or not.
Meanwhile, the probe team requested the treasury officer to hand over all the documents related to the withdrawals to carry out a thorough probe.
“We got some documents, but we are yet to get all of them. Once we have them, we will be able to question all suspected people. As of now, some staffers in the treasury office are suspected to have an involvement in the fraud but it can be confirmed only after a detailed probe,” police said.
CCTV cameras inside the treasury office have not been functional for the past several months and it prevented police from tracing the people who were present when the amounts were withdrawn.
“We will question the people who withdrew money before and after the suspected transactions to find out the real culprits. Except in the case of Mohanakumari, all the amounts were snatched from the accounts of deceased people. Mohanakumari was abroad with her daughter for 18 months and the fraud came to light when she came back. During the preliminary probe, it was found that amounts were withdrawn from several other accounts as well,” said a police officer.
Junior superintendents N S Sali and S S Suja, senior accountant B Gireesh Kumar and junior superintendents N Shajahan and S Vijayaraj have been suspended pending inquiry into the fraud.
As much as Rs 6.70 lakh was snatched from the account of K Gopinathan Nair using 10 forged cheques on April 2. A total of Rs 3 lakh was taken from the account of Jameela Begum on May 15 and Rs 2.90 lakh from the account of R Sukumaran on April 5.

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