Thieves fraudulently looted Rs 6 lakh from the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust in Ayodhya which is tasked with the construction of a grand Ram Temple.

As per reports, cloned cheques were used, and the amount was withdrawn.

On September 1, Rs 2.5 lakh and two days later Rs 3.5 lakh was fraudulently withdrawn.

The needle of suspicion points towards insiders who know details of day to day transactions of the trust say sources, who added that police has registered a case and are investigating.

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As per sources, an FIR has been lodged and IPC sections 419 (impersonation) and 420 (cheating), 467 (forgery of valuable security), 468 (forgery for cheating) and 471 (using forged cheque as original) have been invoked in this connection.

As It requires cybercrime experts to probe such cases, the Cyber Crime Police have taken up the probe.

According to sources, after looting Rs 6 lakh, attempts were made to withdraw nearly Rs 10 lakh from a Bank of Baroda branch. However, the attempt was foiled after the manager of the branch called one of the members from the trust to cross verify payment approval. On denial of the presented instrument of payment being issued from the account holder, the bank staff did not pass the cheque.