Kolkata po­lice ar­rest 3 ATM thieves in city; one es­capes

The sus­pects were hid­ing in a lodge in Trip­li­cane

The Hindu - - CHENNAI - Spe­cial Cor­re­spon­dent

The cy­ber cell of the Kolkata po­lice ar­rested three men who were hid­ing in a lodge in Trip­li­cane af­ter com­mit­ting an ATM heist in Kolkata us­ing fake debit cards. How­ever, one man­aged to give the po­lice the slip.

The po­lice gave the names of the ar­rested as Vi­jay Ku­mar Man­dal, 22, R. Juhen­daer Ku­mar Man­dal, 23, and S. Baskar Ku­mar, 25, from Jhark­hand. They were ar­rested based on a tip-off from Nawaz, one of the gang mem­bers who was caught in Kolkata a cou­ple of days ago.

“The four were in­volved in an ATM heist. They used to tam­per with the sur­veil­lance cam­eras to zoom in on the debit card pin num­ber. They then used fake cards and swin­dled money,” said a po­lice of­fi­cer from the Trip­li­cane sta­tion.

Re­cently, Nawaz was caught, and cy­ber po­lice from the Bid­han­na­gar Po­lice Com­mis­sion­er­ate lim­its traced the cell­phone num­ber of the three to Chen­nai.

Cash seized

“Fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions re­vealed that they were in a lodge in Trip­li­cane. Two sub-in­spec­tors from Kolkata landed in Chen­nai and with the help of the lo­cal po­lice, nabbed the three. Nearly ₹25 lakh was seized from them,” said the po­lice of­fi­cer.

Among the team mem­bers that came from Kolkata, three had gone to book re­turn tick­ets and one was asked to keep an eye on the three ac­cused at Trip­li­cane po­lice sta­tion. Around 4.30 p.m., Vi­jay Ku­mar Man­dal said he wanted to go to the toi­let and asked the po­lice­man from Kolkata to un­lock his hand­cuffs. Once he was free, he pushed the po­lice­man and fled the spot.

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