An amount of Rs 6 lakh has been fraudulently withdrawn from the bank account of the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust in Ayodhya.
An FIR has been lodged in this regard at the Ayodhya Kotwali police station. A team of cyber experts has also been asked to investigate the case. According to the report, money was withdrawn from two banks in Lucknow by cheque cloning.
The matter came to light when the fraudster made a third attempt to withdraw Rs 9.86 lakh from the Bank of Baroda branch. The bank manager made a verification call to Trust Secretary Champat Rai, who denied having issued any such cheque.
“On further inquiry, it was found that money had been withdrawn earlier, too,” said a police official.
A sum of Rs 2.5 lakhs was withdrawn from the bank on September 1 and then a sum of Rs 3.5 lakh, two days later. Ayodhya circle officer Rajesh Kumar Rai said that a case had been registered and investigations were underway.
It may be recalled that a fake website that was seeking donations for the Ram temple had come to light a few days ago and the matter was being investigated.
Meanwhile, the proposed airport in Ayodhya will be named after Lord Ram and will have an international status. Sources told IANS that Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has set the December 2021 deadline for completion of the airport.
“The government believes that there will be huge tourist traffic – both domestic and international – in Ayodhya when the construction of a grand Ram temple is completed. The airport will further facilitate this,” a UP government official was quoted as saying by IANS.
It is learnt that a survey for the landing of larger aircraft has already been done in May.
“The Yogi government has approved a sum of Rs 525 crore for the airport construction and a sum of Rs 300 crore has already been spent. The process of acquiring more land for the project is underway,” Uttar Pradesh Minister for Civil Aviation Nand Gopal Nandi said.