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Bank staff camp outside homes of loan defaulters 

Barnala: Braving the cold, officers of State Cooperative Agricultural Development Bank Ltd, Barnala, today staged dharnas in front of the houses of “willful and influential” defaulters for the recovery of their loan amount.They first had breakfast in front of the door of former state director of their bank Pardeep Singh and then had lunch while sitting at the main gate of state core committee member of the Istri Akali Dal Rajinder Kaur, also known as Hind Motor Wale.Bank officers accused Kaur of misbehaving with them while the latter’s family denied all allegations.Pardeep Singh had taken a loan of Rs 38 lakh five years ago. Embarrassed, Pardeep Singh, failing to convince officers to lift the dharna, handed over two cheques for Rs 5 lakh and Rs 10 lakh.The bank officers were led by Regional Officer (RO) Rajnish Bansal from the Patiala division office, while other members included Assistant General Manager, Barnala, Manohar Lal, Managers Mukesh Kumar and Kulbir Singh and other clerical employees of bank branches from Barnala and Tapa. They sat on dharna in front of Kaur’s residence on the Handiaya road around 10 am and lifted their protest after five hours.“Bibi Rajinder Kaur took 12 loans of Rs 91 lakh in the past three years from us for various purposes, but has not returned a single penny so far. Today she misbehaved with us when we sat on dharna,” said RO Bansal.Patiala, Sangrur, Barnala, Ludhiana, Fatehgarh Sahib, Ropar and Mohali districts come under Patiala division.“We did not misbehave with anyone .We told the bank staff that we do not have cash. They can take our property if they want their amount immediately,” said Charnjit Singh Khattra, Kaur’s husband.

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