Man ar­rested for ATM fraud es­capes from po­lice sta­tion

The New Indian Express - - CHENNAI -

A man ar­rested in the City by the Kolkata po­lice on Sun­day, man­aged to es­cape from the Trip­li­cane po­lice sta­tion, which is lo­cated in one of the highly guarded ar­eas of Chen­nai. Po­lice sources said Baskar Ku­mar was one of the three men ar­rested by the Kolkata po­lice in con­nec­tion with a fake ATM cards racket in West Ben­gal. Af­ter be­ing pro­duced be­fore a mag­is­trate court for ob­tain­ing a tran­sit war­rant, all three were kept in cus­tody at the Trip­li­cane po­lice sta­tion and the Kolkata po­lice team had planned to take them back to Kolkata by train. Sources said Baskar Ku­mar had told po­lice at around 4.40 pm, that he wanted to use the toi­let af­ter which one po­lice­man ac­com­pa­nied him to one in the po­lice sta­tion’s premises. It is said that the ac­cused then pushed the po­lice­man down and man­aged to es­cape af­ter jump­ing from the com­pound wall of the premises. A se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer in Chen­nai city po­lice con­firmed that Baskar had es­caped and said that a spe­cial team has been formed to trace him. The other two ac­cused ar­rested in the ATM fraud case are M Vi­jay Ku­mar Man­dal, 22 and R Juhen­daer Ku­mar Man­dal, 23. All three ac­cused are said to hail from Jhark­hand and were wanted by the Ko­lata po­lice for over a year now. Based on a tip-off, the Kolkata po­lice tracked the trio to a ho­tel at Chep­auk Road at Trip­li­cane. They were ar­rested with the help of the Trip­li­cane po­lice. A po­lice of­fi­cer privy to the case said the trio were al­legedly part of an ATM fraud gang that had fixed skim­mer ma­chines in about 50,000 ATMs in Kolkata and stole the cre­den­tials of over 10,000 peo­ple. Us­ing that in­for­ma­tion, they had cre­ated du­pli­cate cards and were swin­dling money from bank ac­counts. The Bid­han­na­gar cy­ber crime po­lice, af­ter an alert, started to crack down. “As a part of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, they combed through the ATMs across the city and re­cov­ered more than 10,000 skim­mer ma­chines. Only af­ter the po­lice ar­rested a few men of the gang, they came to know about the racket that in­volved crores of money,” said the po­lice of­fi­cer, quot­ing the Bid­han­na­gar po­lice.

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