By Neel Anil Panicker
Akhtar had his day job__ a manager at the Bank of India main branch. Come evenings, thrice a month, he would bring home a blank cheque leaf, plus a fascimile signature of its owner, usually a rich account holder.
Khadim, the calligraphic expert, would reproduce the signature and write a fancy seven figure amount onto it.
A week later, some six hundred kilomteres away, Haider, a school teacher, would receive the leaf, and pass it onto Taimur, a cashier in a nondescript bank branch who would disburse the specified amount.
The quartet met once a month to distribute the spoils.
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