J&K: Man who duped Kathua rape victim's father of donation money identified
A day after it came to light that the father of the Kathua rape victim had been duped of his donation money, the culprit has been identified.
Aslam Khan (mentioned in original report), whose name was on the transaction record, turned out to be a family friend.
Aslam, who is well- educated, accompanied the father to the bank in January as the Bakerwal family is illiterate and resorts to thumb impression for financial transactions. He proved to be of assistance, helping with the paper work.
However, Aslam Khan managed to access some approved cheques and started withdrawing money from January, 2019.
According to a statement by the J&K bank, approximately Rs 10 lakh was transferred into Aslam Khan's account between January to March this year.
After his act was reported by India Today, he panicked and started to return the money via internet transfer banking.
"Aslam has returned Rs 6 lakh in the account and also promised to return the remaining amount (Rs 5-6 lakh). We spoke to him over the phone. Matter seems to be resolved now. We will wait till Monday to confirm all money has been transferred back into the account," the adoptive father confirmed.
However, another family member stated that Aslam Khan hasn't showed up in person since the controversy. He transferred a portion of amount but refused to meet in person, despite being asked by family.
Senior officers in J&K police are waiting for the family to file an official complaint, if the father intends to take the case ahead.
J&K bank maintained that the branch received cheques with requisite approval, hence money was allowed to be withdrawn.
On April 24, 2018, Ketto Online Ventures first transferred Rs 18,46,774 to the account -- via a crowdfunding campaign. In the next one month, different organisations credited an additional Rs 50,000. On May 28, 2018 the balance in the man's account was Rs.19,23,774.
Till December 23, over Rs 21 lakh showed in his bank statement with some additional credits. On April 11, only Rs. 35,000 remained.
In the midst of the parliamentary elections, no leader of any party has approached to express continued support to the family. Neither the National Conference nor the PDP -- parties that created a furore when the tragedy had struck -- have approached them offering support.