Kannur, April 20: In an embarrassment to Kerala police, a civil police officer (CPO) was placed under suspension for allegedly withdrawing money from the bank account of the relative of a theft case accused, by misusing her ATM card in this district.

E N Srikanth, a senior CPO attached to Taliparamba police station here, had allegedly withdrawn Rs 50,000 from the bank account of the sister of Gokul, who was arrested recently for stealing an ATM card and money from a person on April 3, police said.

The thief had confessed to the police that he had already withdrawn Rs 70,000 using the stolen card and later deposited the cash into his sister's account. The CPO collected the PIN number of the ATM card belonging to the accused's sister under the pretext of investigation and allegedly withdrew Rs 50,000 from various ATM kiosks, they said. Kerala to Impose Night Curfew From April 20 Amid COVID-19 Surge, Essential Services Exempted.

The police personnel's fraud came to light when the woman received money withdrawl alert in her mobile. Based on her complaint, an investigation was carried out and the CPO was caught red-handed.

Following this, Rural SP Navaneeth Sharma suspended Srikanth from service on Monday besides registering a theft case against him. DGP Loknath Behera also sought a detailed report into the incident, which has brought disgrace to the entire police force.