PUNE: It has come to light that an incident of fraud has come to light wherein the investors of the Department of Post were defrauded of crores of rupees. In this case, FIRs of fraud and embezzlement have been registered at the Vimanthal and Vishrantwadi Police Stations. It has also been unearthed that the scam was done by the post office officials working in the post office in connivance.
The accused have been identified as Jyotiram Phulchand Mali (Dighi Upadghar Post Master), Bhagwan Srirang Naik (Clerk), Yogesh Tanaji Lande (Dhanori Post Master), Madhukar Gangadhar Suryavanshi (Dhanori Post Master), Ramesh Gulab Bhosle, and Vilas Dethe. Three FIRs — one at Vishrantwadi Police Station and two at Vimantal Police Station — have been registered against them. One Yogesh Nanasaheb Veer (42), has filed a complaint at both the police stations in this matter.
According to the police, 342 investors had invested approximately ₹12.12 crores in the Post Recurring Deposit and Sukanya Samriddhi Scheme at Dighi Camp Sub Post Office, Dunkirk Line Sub Post Office and Viman Nagar Sub Post Office where the accused had been posted on duty.
The investors were compelled to deposit their investments in nine other post office accounts. However, in order for that to take place, the accused gained the trust of the account-holders and forged their signatures. In order to carry out this illegal transaction, the accused took commission amounting to lakhs of rupees. The main accused, Jyotiram Mali, kept 75 percent of the commission and shared 25 percent with other accused.
A complaint application was received with the police in this matter. Accordingly, three FIRs have been registered.