The duo exchanged the ATM card of a man on the pretext of helping him and then withdrew Rs 24 lakh

The Outer Delhi police have arrested two persons for withdrawing Rs 24 lakh from a person's account and transferring the money to their accounts. A senior police officer said the accused were identified as Rajesh and Naresh, residents of Haryana. The police recovered ATM cards, jewellery and Rs 3.5 lakh cash from their possession.

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Looted in parts
Police said the matter came to light when they received a complaint by one Jagbir Singh, a resident of the Narela area in Outer Delhi. He said Rs 24 lakh were withdrawn in installments at regular intervals from his account from November 1-4. Following this allegation, an FIR was got lodged by the police and an investigation was taken up.

Plot money gone
Singh said recently he sold his plot in Rs 28 lakh and got the money deposited in a bank, of which Rs 24 lakh were withdrawn illegally. The official added Singh had gone to withdraw the money from an ATM when he happened to meet the accused. The duo, on the pretext of helping him, changed his ATM card with another one. Singh came to know that his card was changed when he got an SMS from the bank that Rs 24 lakh were withdrawn from his account.

Arrested on tip-off
"During the course of investigation, the bank account statements of the complainant were obtained and found that on November 3, two transactions of Rs 20,000 each were made from an SBI ATM and on November 4, two more transactions of Rs 20,000 each were made from the State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur, Bahadurgarh," he said.

Both persons were arrested following a tip-off by the police. They were interrogated, during which they broke down and confessed to their crime.