A bank official Shamsul Islam, alias Faisal, confessed to embezzling Tk3.45 crore from a bank for online gambling.
Shamsul, the accused is cash in-charge of Premier Bank's Rajshahi branch. He is also the resident of Sagarpara area of the city.
Rajshahi Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court-2 Judge Md Sadeqin Habib Bappy recorded his statement from 3.45pm to 4.15pm today.
Officer-in-Charge of Boalia Model Police station Nibaron Chandra Barman said, "Shamsul Islam was produced before the court at around 12pm after a three-day remand. During the statement, he confessed that he alone stole the money from the bank vault."
The official has been stealing money from the bank over the last two years for cricket online gambling, he added.
Shamsul was eventually caught by his colleagues and taken to Boalia Model Police Station on January 24, said the police official.
"That night, we arrested him in a case filed by Premier Bank's Zonal Manager Selim Reza Khan for embezzling money from the bank," said the officer-in-charge.
Nibaran Chandra said Shamsul, during the initial interrogation, confessed that he started stealing money from the bank, gradually, in 2018 for online gambling.
Shamsul gambled on all forms of cricket online, including the Indian Premier League (IPL). When he lost his bets, which occurred frequently, he stole money from the bank.
The police official said Shamsul has promised to return the money.
How he stole the money
Citing Shamsul, the Nibaron said that he did not remove money from first 10 rows of currency bundles stacked up in the bank vault. He took two or three bundles from the middle rows.
Since the first row of the bundles of money were untouched, no officer could see if the money was removed from a bundle. Moreover, no one suspected him of doing this.
How the official was caught
The bank used store around Tk15 crore in its vault regularly. After counting the money stored in the vault, bank officials found Tk3.45 crore missing. When asked, Shamsul confessed that he had stolen the money for online gambling.