This time Tk 30.8 lakh looted from bank's Adamdighi branch, Bogra; 30 feet tunnel dug from nearby shop; 4 detained
Our Correspondent, Bogra
The tunnel leading to the vault of Sonali Bank's Adamdighi branch in Bogra. Photo: Star
In yet another bank heist, around Tk 30.8 lakh has been taken away from Sonali Bank's Adamdighi branch in Bogra by digging a 30-feet tunnel from a nearby furniture shop into the vault.
Applying the same technique, a robber stole Tk 16.40 crore from Sonali Bank's main branch in Kishoreganj on January 24 by digging a tunnel from a nearby rented house.
Shamsuddin Sharif, manager of the Adamdighi branch, said the bank was closed on Friday as usual.
But it remained open yesterday on account of the election for women's reserved seats in parliament. However, no transaction was made on the day, he added.
Around 4:30pm yesterday, bank officials found the vault broken and called police.
The manager also said the deposit stood at Tk 32,51,687 at the end of Thursday's transaction. After the theft, Tk 1,72,184 was left in the vault.
Yesterday evening, police detained Ansar members Purnadev Sarkar and Milon Mia, who were in-charge of the bank's security, and Ashraful Islam, owner of the shop Biplob Furniture, and his employee Shahin Mia.
Contacted, Mofazzel Hossain, deputy general manager and spokesman of Sonali Bank, told The Daily Star around 9:00pm yesterday that he was yet to know about the heist.
Pradip Kumar Dutta, managing director of the bank, could not be reached as his cell phone was switched off.
In another incident exposed recently by a top finance ministry official, the state-run bank lost $250,000 (Tk 2
crore) to London-based cybercrooks who allegedly hacked into the bank's security system and transferred the money to an account in Turkey.
The crime was committed in September last year while the bank's corporate branch at Shilpa Bhaban in the capital was transferring the amount to the UK through wires on behalf of its client in Bangladesh.
News:The Daily Star/9-Mar-2014
Also, the bank luckily averted another hacking attempt, as there was no cash in the account from which the hackers tried to steal money.
Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited donated Tk 10 lakh to Jalalabad Education Trust for providing scholarships to students.
Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith received the cheque from Mohammad Abdul Mannan, Managing Director of Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited on behalf of Jalalabad Trust, at a function in Sylhet on Friday.
Dr. Farashuddin, Chairman of Jalalabad Education Trust, Dr. AK Abdul Mubin, President of Jalalabad Association, Abdul Hamid Chowdhury, Chairman of Jalalabad Building Trust, Azam J Chowdhury, Chairman of East Cost Group, Seyd Zaglul Pasha, Secretary of Jalalabad Education Trust, Jalal Ahmed, Trustee Member were present on the occasion.
Islami Bank has been working in development of the county’s education sector since its inception. The bank spent a total of Tk 829 million in education sector during last 30 years.
Shahjalal Islami Bank Limited (SJIBL) signed a MoU with Hajj Agencies Association of Bangladesh (HAAB) at a hotel in Dhaka on Thursday.
Under the MoU, pilgrims will be able to deposit their hajj and umrah money to 92 branches of the bank across the country, said a press release.
Masihul Huq Chowdhury, Additional Managing Director of Shahjalal Islami Bank Limited and Md. Ibrahim Bahar, President, HAAB signed the MoU on behalf of their respective organisations.
A seminar titled ‘Stress Management and Counseling” was organised by Mercantile Bank Training Institute for senior executives and branch managers of Mercantile Bank.
M. Amanullah, Chairman, Mercantile Bank Limited, inaugurated the day-long seminar, said a press release.
M. Ehsanul Haque, Managing Director and CEO of Mercantile Bank Limited, Khondkar Ibrahim Khaled, former deputy governor of Bangladesh Bank and Chair Professor of Bangladesh Institute of Bank Management and S.A. Chowdhury, Chair Professor of Bangladesh Institute of Bank Management were key speakers at the seminar.
Academician Fahmida Chowdhury of Bangladesh Institute of Bank Management gave concluding speech.
Javed Tariq, Principal of Mercantile Bank Training Institute delivered the welcome address.
Eastern Bank Limited was awarded the “Best Partner for Working Capital Systemic Solutions” by International Finance Corporation at the 6th Global Trade Partners Meeting held in Lisbon, Portugal recently.
The award was given to the bank as recognition to its innovative solutions for working capital financing to importers and counter party exporters including Offshore Bill Financing, said a press release. Georgina Baker, Head of IFC for Trade Finance and Supply Chain Solutions handed over the award to EBL Managing Director and CEO, Ali Reza Iftekhar at the function.
“I am really happy to receive the recognition for consecutive 4th year from IFC with whom we have been working closely for many years now,” said Ali Reza Iftekhar”.