ROURKELA: Twice cheated by a chit fund agency, a group of small investors on Monday met Sundargarh Collector Bhupendra Singh Poonia during the grievance redressal meeting at Bisra block, sought action against the chit fund agency and refund of their money.
They informed the Collector that some local agents of Bondamunda area under Rourkela Municipal Corporation limits had collected about `30 lakh from them under monthly investment schemes of Skyline, a chit fund agency, with promise of returning double the amount on maturity between 2010 and 2013.
The depositors said the branch office of Skyline near Traffic Gate at Rourkela was closed in 2013 and the agents evaded query on refund of money. They alleged that in 2014, some agents, Sunita Ghosh, her husband Dipak and daughter Deepika and another agent Archan Bhattacharya had opened another office in the name of Siddhi Binayak agency.
When confronted, the agents impressed upon the depositors that all issues with Skyline were sorted out and the chit fund agency would run in the name of Siddhi Binayak. The agents had also asked the investors to deposit their pending money and get their policies renewed. But after collecting money for the second time, these agents too closed the office.
The depositors then lodged a complaint at Plant Site police station. The Collector instructed the police to take appropriate action.