Crematorium inaugurated in Digha, but yet to be completed
Even as senior officers of Navi Mumbai police claim that crime in the city is under control, the statistics of card fraud cases tell a different story.
As many as 1,110 people fell victims to card frauds in the city in the past two years. According to the crime branch officials, a total of 530 such cases were registered in the city last year as opposed to 580 cases registered in 2014.
The scenario is not better this year too. On an average, around 10 people approach the city cyber cell with similar complaints every day, said a senior police officer.
Pratibha Shendge, police inspector of Navi Mumbai cyber cell, said, “Despite repeated requests, people give their bank details to unknown people either on phone or through email. The criminals make duplicate credit and debit cards and use them for online shopping. Because of this ignorance, more and more people are falling prey to card frauds.”
She said people should not to give their account number, credit/ debit card number or any other details to anyone on phone or through emails.
“Bank officials never ask such details. If it is necessary to share such details, one should visit the bank and talk to officials,” she added.
People get calls from cybercriminals from Sri Lanka (country code +94) and Pakistan (country code + 92) informing them about lotteries they have won. This way they lure people into giving bank details on phone and withdraw money, the police said.
There is also another way of taking details of credit/debit card illegally.
“Cybercriminals put a hidden electronic device known as skimmer on the card slot of the unguarded ATM machines. When a person inserts his card on that slot, the skimmer records all the details stored in the card’s magnetic strip and based on that details the culprits make a duplicate card,” said a senior crime branch official.
“If the green light beside the ATM card slot does not keep blinking, one should never insert his or her card on that slot. If anyone installs a skimmer on the card slot of an ATM machine, the green light, which is located just beside the slot, never blinks. Therefore people should not use such machine at any point of time,” he said.
The police said that they have been conducting workshops to create awareness among the people.
“We are trying to reach out to college students, government as well as private employees through different seminars and meetings,” Shendge said.
Suresh Mengade, deputy commissioner of police (special branch) too has been advising people to curb such frauds.
“People should not give their credits card or debit cards to anyone to swipe when they are not around. The shop owners or hoteliers could use skimmer and take the secret details of their cards. People should get their cards swiped when they themselves are present on the spot,” said Mengade.
The rush to inaugurate projects which are not complete for publicity purpose is not new. That the residents have to bear the brunt seems to be of little concern. The story seems to have been repeated at Digha crematorium.
The NMMC spent Rs1.6 crore to construct a crematorium at Digha, the work of which is still incomplete.
The crematorium was inaugurated by MLA Sandeep Naik months ago, but since the work was incomplete it has been taken up now. This is causing problems for those coming to cremate the dead.
Work on the crematorium began in October 2013. The NMMC elections were held last year. The political establishment was keen to show that it had completed several developmental works in the city and so the inauguration of the incomplete crematorium was held.
Residents blame the NMMC and the contractor for the slow pace of work and the consequent delay.
NMMC de puty engineer Suhas Takle had said t he work would be completed by December 2015. But, the work is yet to be completed.
The project has seen three contractors being changed. There is a demand to blacklist the contractor. Local corporator Navin Gavte had demanded action against the contractor. The NMMC officials are yet to take a decision on it.
Ashok Mhatre, a resident, said: “Digha crematorium is being used by residents of Ganpatipada, Anand Nagar, Ramnagar, Ilthan Pada and Vishnunagar, which are situated around 4 km area.”
“There is no facility of drinking water and the public toilets have not been opened for the people. This leads to a lot of problems,” he added.
Mhatre said, “If only the authorities and politicians rushed to complete the projects as they do to perform inaugurations, the residents would benefit so much.”
NMMC officials said work on the crematorium will be completed soon.