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THRISSUR: While the police probe into the Rs 100-crore financial fraud moves at a snail’s pace, hundreds of depositors of Karuvannur Service Cooperative Bank are waiting with hope and prayer to get their money back.

Jagadeesh, who worked in Afghanistan for more than eight years, has put his life savings in a fixed deposit with the bank. The hard-earned money is now stuck and he cannot withdraw it in full. “I did not lodge any complaint with the police. But I have asked the bank authorities for my cash. I haven’t received any positive response so far. I expect that I will get it soon,” he told The New Indian Express.

One depositor/member can only withdraw Rs 5,000 per week irrespective of the amount she has in her account. The bank administrator issues a limited number of tokens per day and those lucky few are able to withdraw money. However, the administrator did not reveal the number of tokens issued every day.

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While many have put money in fixed deposits, some also have savings deposits.

Nisha Balakrishnan, who now resides in Ernakulam, has deposited Rs 5 lakh in the bank several years ago. She received a portion of it, while the remaining is still with the bank. “I have personal needs, but the bank is yet to respond to my complaints,” she said. Nisha has lodged a complaint with Irinjalakuda police, but they are yet to register a…

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