The Sonali Bank Limited, a leading state-owned public commercial bank of the country, has foiled an illegal attempt to swindle Tk 304 crore through cheque forgery.
According to sources, one Azarul Rahman Faruk alleged to have possessed seven cheques worth Tk 304 crore and initially placed a cheque valued Tk 37 crore to the Dilkusha Corporate Branch of the bank for withdrawal of money on Thursday.
Having the cheque received, the officials of Dilkusha Corporate Branch duly scrutinised it and detected the forgery. Azarul wanted to withdraw money from fund from poverty alleviation through fisheries project.
The bank authorities instantly contacted the Department of Fisheries which made it clear that they did not issue such cheque.
Tipped off, a team of Motijheel Police Station rushed to the spot and apprehended Azarul on charge of cheque forgery. Law enforcers searched body of the fraud and recovered six more cheques worth Tk 266.50 crore from his possession.
Md Wahiduzzaman, Deputy General Manager of Sonali Bank and Manager of Dilkusha Corporate Branch, lodged a complaint with Motijheel PS in this regard.