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Featured Image: Retired justice Shyamal Sen. 

By A Newsman

Kolkata, 07 December: AFTER robbing several common people of their savings, online fraudsters have now siphoned off money from the bank account of none less than the former Governor of Bengal, retired justice Shyamal Sen.

According to Sen, he had received a call in mid-November wherein the caller introduced himself as the manager of State Bank of India’s Bagbazar branch in north Kolkata and asked the details of his ATM card.

Since the former Governor has an account at the same bank branch, he gave out the details without suspecting anything. But subsequently he discovered that as much as Rs 1,12,899 had been siphoned off from his account.

Sen lodged an FIR at Shaympukur police station on 19 November and the investigation was taken over by the Cyber Crime Cell of Kolkata Police the next day.

Probing into the case, investigators sought details of the withdrawal from the SBI branch and found out that the money was siphoned off using nine different payment gateways including Paytm.

One of the beneficiaries of the money siphoned off from the former Governor’s account was traced to Raniganj in Asansol. By conducting a raid on Tuesday night, police arrested the beneficiary ~ Muhammad Zahid (20).

Zahid was produced in the Bankshall court in Kolkata today and the judge remanded him to police custody until 16 December. Cops want to interrogate him to find out other members of the racket that operates out of neighbouring Jharkhand.