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Bank official under lens for currency-exchange found dead; Police probe murder or suicide

Sunday February 12, 2017 11:38 AM, Agencies

Howrah: In yet another death allegedly because of demonetisation, Rajat Chowdhury, a 45-year-old business initiator at the Union Bank of India (UBI) Uluberia branch in Howrah, was found dead on the railway tracks Friday night.

A message posted on social media site Facebook indicated that Chowdhury committed suicide, the police however is probing the case based on a complaint by his wife, to ascertain whether Rajat Chowdhury committed suicide or was murdered.

"The body of Rajat Chowdhury was recovered from the railway tracks near Uluberia station on Friday night at around 09:30 pm. He was run over by a train," a Railway police official from Uluberia said.

Chowdhury's relatives said he posted a suicide note in a social media website at around 9 p.m. in which he accused two of his fellow employees of forcing him to illegally exchange old currency notes at the bank.

"They forced me to exchange the old 500 and 1000 notes, and later lodged a police case against me. I am going away. Please look after my wife and daughter. Please forgive me," the Facebook post said.

According to his wife Kabita, Chowdhury didn't go to work on Friday. Around 03:00 pm, he received a call from the bank manager and left home on his motorcycle. After 9.30pm, she received a call from the police, informing her about the recovery of her husband's body, Kabita said.

Kabita also told the police of a Facebook post that her husband made at 9.02 pm on Friday in which he claimed that he was not only falsely accused of laundering banned currency notes but also made to admit his guilt in writing.

Later on Saturday evening, an FIR was lodged against Ghosh, his manager, the bank branch manager and the cashier.

Amit Kumar Singh, superintendent of railway police (Kharagpur), said that his team would visit the bank on Monday and speak to the manager as well as study CCTV footage to find out what actually occurred on Friday.

So far over 120 people have died after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced demonetisation of old 500 and1000 currency notes on November 08, 2016.



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