[Updated] ADBL heist: Deputy manager claims Rs 47.3 million was stolen

Kathmandu, September 25

Deputy general manager of the Agricultural Development Bank, Dirgha Aryal, says Rs 47.3 million was stolen from the bank’s Lahan branch.

“This is the bank’s interest collected from the debtors,” he informs.

The bank’s central office in Kathmandu suspended all staffers of the bank and sent a four-member team from the central office to run the operation, Aryal says.

Meanwhile, police in Kathmandu revealed names of the arrestees amidst a press meet in Kathmandu this afternoon. The mastermind of the crime has been identified as Peter or Kale, who currently lives in India.

(Updated at 3:00 pm)

‘Hackers’ steal Rs 15.6 million from ADBL; staff’s involvement suspected

Kathmandu, September 25

Rs 15.6 million has been stolen from a branch of Agricultural Development Bank Limited in Lahan of Siraha district on Tuesday. Investigators say a gang of hackers hacked the banking system and took out the money.

Nepal Rastra Bank spokesperson Laxmi Prapanna Niraula says the modus operandi used in this case was unusual. In the past, swift hacking and ATM hacking were heard in Nepal. However, this case was neither a swift hacking nor an ATM hacking.

Meanwhile, investigators have suspected the involvement of the bank’s own staff in the crime. Police arrested 11 people from various locations of the country and some of them are said to be the bank’s staff.

Police, however, have refused to speak anything officially citing the investigation was in the initial phase.

The central bank has also supported the suspicion. “Computers at the bank have been used in the case. Only those informed about the bank’s system can do it,” an NRB official says.

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