The wife of martyr Lance Naik Hemraj was recently duped of Rs 10 lakh, in the presence of her brother-in-law and a relative, near a petrol pump in the outskirts of Kosi town in Uttar Pradesh's Mathura district, police said.
In her complaint, Dharmvati, the widow of Hemraj, said one Amit Kumar, who claimed that he was an army officer and had been sent by the army headquarters, approached her at Shernagar village in the morning on Friday.
According to the complaint, Amit advised Dharmvati to keep the relief packages provided to her in different banks. On his advise, she agreed to withdraw Rs 20 lakh from the State Bank of India’s Chhatta branch.
Accompanied by brother-in-law Bhagwan Singh, uncle Gajendra Singh and Amit, Dharmvati reached the bank.
"Rs 20 lakh were withdrawn from the bank, out of which a fixed deposit of Rs 10 lakh was made in the same branch in favour of my daughter Shivani. We planned to deposit the remaining Rs 10 lakh in a bank in nearby Bukharari village," she told police.
Dharmvati claimed that she rode pillion on Amit's motorcycle, whereas her brother-in-law and uncle traveled on an another motorcycle. In the complaint, she mentioned that Rs 10 lakh were kept in Amit's bag.
All four of them then proceeded towards Bukharari village.
"Amit stopped his motorcycle at a petrol pump near a dhaba at the outskirt of Kosi town, pretending that he had to take petrol for his bike," she said.
As Dharmvati alighted from the motorcycle, Amit fled with the bag, the complaint alleged.
"The Special Operations Group has been asked to work out the case. The CCTV footage of the bank is being examined to arrest the alleged youth," Senior Superintendent of Police Pradeep Yadav said.
"Though Dharmvati was asked to inform the police about any major financial transaction she makes in the bank for the safety of the amount, she did not do so," the SSP said.
On March 25, an attempt to fraudulently withdraw Rs 60 lakh of the relief amount given to her was made at a bank in Palwal district of Haryana.
Hemraj was killed and beheaded by Pakistani troops near the Line of Control in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir on January 8.