Man dupes 50 peo­ple at ATMs for a lav­ish life­style, ar­rested

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - Front Page - HT Cor­re­spon­dent htre­porters@hin­dus­tan­

The po­lice have ar­rested a 28-year-old man in Shah­dara for dup­ing peo­ple at ATMs and fraud­u­lently with­draw­ing their money. Twelve ATM cards have been re­cov­ered from his pos­ses­sion.

The ac­cused, San­deep, has duped more than 50 per­sons in the last three years. He spent all the money on a lav­ish life­style and tour­ing var­i­ous places in In­dia and abroad, po­lice said.

Re­cently, one of his vic­tims had lodged a com­plaint at the Farsh Bazar po­lice sta­tion.

The com­plainant, San­jay Jain, a res­i­dent of Shah­dara, al­leged that on Septem­ber 4, he went to an ATM in Anaj Mandi in Shah­dara. He in­serted his ATM card in­side the ma­chine and en­tered the pin.

Just then, a man stand­ing in the cor­ner told him that he will re­ceive the money from an­other ma­chine placed be­side the first ma­chine in the same premises.

As soon as the com­plainant moved, the man, San­deep, al­legedly took the money from the first ma­chine. Jain re­alised later that ex­tra amount had been deb­ited from his ac­count.

Dur­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion, CCTV footage was ob­tained and an­a­lysed. A com­mon per­son was seen in the videos. A sketch of the sus­pect was made and shared with the mem­bers of ‘Pra­hari’- a Delhi Po­lice ini­tia­tive that in­cludes se­cu­rity guards, ven­dors, shop­keep­ers etc.

These mem­bers act like eyes and ears of the lo­cal beat con­sta­bles and in­form­ers.

On Septem­ber 14, a Pra­hari mem­ber alerted the po­lice. The in­former, Pradeep Ku­mar, is an ATM guard posted in Anaj Mandi in Shah­dara.

He con­tacted the sta­tion house of­fi­cer of Farsh Bazar po­lice sta­tion and locked the sus­pect in­side the ATM booth.

Po­lice reached the spot and San­deep was caught.

“Dur­ing the in­ter­ro­ga­tion, San­deep, a na­tive of Pun­jab, dis­closed that he used to work in house­keep­ing of re­puted ho­tels in In­dia and abroad. See­ing the life style of high pro­file per­sons visit­ing the ho­tels, he also wished to live that life. But due to short­age of money, his wishes could not be ful­filled. Hence he started to cheat the pub­lic to earn quick money,” said deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (Shah­dara) Nupur Prasad.


(Clock­wise from above) The ac­cused San­deep; in ac­tion at an ATM and; Pradeep Ku­mar, an ATM guard, who helped the cops catch him.

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