Man impersonates as panchayat official; cheats farmer in name of flood relief fund
Karumalloor (Ernakulam): Purappallikkavu native Kunjappan is a farmer and his house was submerged in water during the flood that lashed the state last year. Until now, he has received only the Rs 10,000 as flood relief fund. But, Kunjappan who turned a sufferer of various aliments after the deluge now has become a victim of fraudulence in the name of flood relief fund.
He was cheated of Rs 1000 by a fraudster who reached his house and introduced as a panchayat official. This is the second time such incident is reported from Karumalloor.
The fraudulence took place the other day when Kunjappan at home. A young man of good stature, who came on a bike, approached him and read out his complete address from a file he carried. He introduced himself as a Karumalloor panchayat official and informed Kunjappan that an amount of Rs 1.5 lakh was sanctioned as flood relief. He further said that the recipient has to pay an amount of Rs 2500 for the remaining legal processes.
When Kunjappan told him he has no money, the young man informed that the money has to be paid on the day itself, or else the sanctioned fund would be cancelled. Hearing this, Kunjappan gave him Rs 1000 which his wife had given for paying the chit.
Kunjappan understood the fraudulence much later and enquired the matter with the ward member of the area. He found that no one was sent from the panchayat in this regard and he was cheated.
On the same day, the fraudster had visited two more houses near Karumalloor hospital. However, no one could identify him.
Similar incidents were reported two months before at Thattampadi area. But, the housewives had returned him saying that they would pay the money directly at the panchayat office.