New Delhi, Sept 17 (IndiaToday) – A day after reports that a man in Bihar found himself richer by Rs 1.61 lakh due to a bank error, two school students in the state’s Katihar district woke up to find over Rs 900 crore in their accounts.
Gurucharan Vishwas, a class 6 student, became a millionaire for a day when his account at Uttar Bihar Gramin Bank reflected a balance of Rs 905 crore. The news quickly went viral on social media. Even now, his parents are in disbelief.
“I had to buy a school uniform and related things, so I took my Aadhar card to the bank and checked my account balance. It showed Rs 905 crore in my account,” said Gurucharan Vishwas, resident of Naya Tola Pastiya in Azamnagar block.
Asit Kumar, who wound up with an extra Rs 62 crore in his bank account, had a similar story to tell. “I went to the CSP to check my balance and saw the amount in my account. I didn’t know what to think, how this happened. I went home and told my mother,” said the schoolboy.
However, their gold rush was short lived. Katihar DM Udayan Mishra explained that the excess amount reflecting in the children’s bank account statements was due to a software error, and in reality, no huge sums of money had actually been credited to their accounts.
“When we got to know that crores of rupees had been transferred into these kids accounts, we contacted the branch manager of the bank, who looked into the matter. Due to a software problem at the main branch in Patna, printouts of their account statements showed these huge amounts. I’ve been told that the issue has been resolved and when the account statement was checked this morning, their were no abnormalities in the balance,” DM Udayan Mishra told India Today.
Uttar Bihar Gramin Bank District Coordinator Sanat Kumar also denied reports of an erroneous transfer of crores of rupees and attributed the confusion to a technical glitch.
“We’ve investigated the matter thoroughly. Asit Kumar had Rs 100 in his account while Gurucharan Vishwas had Rs 128. There is no instance of Rs 960 crore being deposited to anybody’s account at our Bhelaganj branch. The whole thing is fake,” he said.
But the children’s parents have complained that after the error, the bank has deducted the original balance in their bank accounts. Binod Vishwas, father of Gurucharan Vishwas, told India Today, “When we checked our account balance yesterday, it was Rs 32 crore. But today morning, it was zero. He had around Rs 1,200 in his account and we withdrew Rs 1,000, so there should still be at least Rs 200 remaining. We have requested the bank to revert the original amount and fix the issue.”