MOHALI – A bank official has fled with Rs 6.98 lakh. He was given the cash to deposit it in an ATM kiosk at Bankarpur village of Derabassi in Mohali district.

According to Indian media, Punjab and Sind Bank assistant branch manager Tej Pratap Singh Bhatia was handed the cash on November 9, a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi made the surprising announcement to fight black money and corruption.

“The bank engineers and security personnel were asked to reach the ATM to deposit the cash under the supervision of Bhatia, a resident of Ambala,” police official added.

The accused tricked them by saying he would reach the kiosk in his own vehicle and meet them there, the FIR said. The engineers and security personnel waited but Bhatia never showed up. His cellphone was found switched off.