News Flash – 4 April 2018

National News



Delhi: ATM thief gets caught after his hand gets stuck in machine


NEW DELHI: A man was caught trying to break into an ATM with a gas cutter after bank authorities noticed CCTV cameras going blank at a kiosk in Vishwas Nagar near Shahdara late on Monday. The criminal, Nazir alias Babu (22) was caught with his hand stuck inside the machine when cops forced open the door. Police seized a gas cutter and gloves from him. Around 11.30pm on Monday, the PCR received a call from bank officials about theft at the ATM on street number 3 in Vishwas Nagar. When a PCR van reached the spot, they found the shutter halfway down. The door was also closed. When cops forced open the door, they found a man with his face covered and wearing gloves trying to cut open the machine. His right hand was stuck inside the ATM. The criminal was arrested for theft and trespassing. DCP (Shahdara) Nupur Prasad confirmed the developments.


During interrogation, Nazir said that he had conducted a recce of the ATM and found that no security guard was posted there. On Monday night, he went to the kiosk with a gas cutter, covered his face with a cloth and wore gloves to avoid leaving behind fingerprints. After entering, he used spray paint to blacken the three CCTV cameras installed above the machine. However, as soon as he did that, a bank staffer at the main branch noticed the screens going blank and alerted the cops. The arrested man said that he used to work as an electrician in an electrical company at Aurangabad in Maharashtra before moving to Delhi for better opportunities. Cops are checking if Nazir was part of a gang that uprooted and fled with ATMs in southwest Delhi a few months ago. The criminals had managed to take away approximately Rs 30 lakh by uprooting the machine in Chhawla village. A few days after that incident, another machine was taken away from Bindapur in southwest Delhi, which had approximately Rs 3 lakh cash.



Kolkata girl jumps off bus, chases phone snatcher, hands him over to cops

Sanchari Saha



KOLKATA: A 19-year-old girl jumped from a running bus at Barrackpore Chiria More on Monday to chase down and catch the man who snatched her phone. Not only did she recover her phone, she also got him arrested. A second-year student of Barrackpore Rastraguru Surendranath College and a resident of Palta in Badamtala, Sanchari Saha was on her way home from college on the route 85 bus. When the bus was passing Chiria More, a co-passenger alerted her that a man who was getting down had taken out her phone from her pocket. “I jumped off the bus and started chasing the snatcher while shouting for help. The locals and traffic cops rushed to my help and I caught him,” the girl told TOI.


“When the girl asked for her phone, the man in his early thirties refused initially and even threatened to harm her ‘if she dared implicate him falsely’. But finally he gave in and took out the phone from his shirt’s hidden pocket,” said witness Subir Biswas. Saha then took the snatcher to Bijay Ghosh, officer-Incharge of Barrackpore sub traffic guard and Kanchan Biswas assistant officer. They escorted her to a local police station. On the basis of her written complaint, the Titagarh police arrested the accused. Senior officers of the Barrackpore Commissionerate lauded the girl’s courage, adding that such fearless acts help curb crimes. Police commissioner Rajesh Singh told TOI, “Police are trying their best to ensure security of the citizens. We always appreciate this kind of bravery. Such coordination helps us crack crimes faster”.



Man arrested for ATM thefts, Rs 9L recovered


Ahmedabad: A team of the city crime branch has arrested a 25-year-old man for his alleged involvement in nine cases of theft or attempted theft from ATMs in the eastern part of the city. Police have recovered Rs 9 lakh cash of the Rs 17.83 lakh stolen from an ATM in Krishnanagar. According to investigators, working on information, a team apprehended Hardik Patel, a resident of Vastral Road, Amraiwadi, and searched his residence. The team found Rs 9 lakh cash along with eight digital video recorders, and tools such as gas cutter and grinder machine that were used to slice through the outer shells of ATMs. “In CCTV footage, a single person was spotted in multiple cases of theft from ATMs. He was identified as Hardik Patel,” said an investigator. “He is B.Com graduate and has completed a course in computer repairs. He was out of job and thus tried his luck at stealing from ATMs. After his first unsuccessful attempt, he armed himself with tools”. Vatva GIDC and Ramol police had also registered offences for tampering with ATMs. Investigators said that Patel has confessed to have hit ATMs in Vastral, Isanpur, New Maninagar, and Ghodasar over the past four years.



International News



Woman shoots and wounds 4 at YouTube before killing herself

Officers run toward a YouTube office in San Bruno, California after reports of shooting.



SAN BRUNO, CALIFORNIA: A woman opened fire at YouTube headquarters Tuesday, setting off a panic among employees and wounding at least four people before fatally shooting herself, police and witnesses said. Officers and federal agents swarmed the company’s complex in the Bay Area city of San Bruno after receiving multiple 911 calls reporting gunfire. Television news footage showed people leaving the building in a line, holding their arms in the air. Officers patted them down to make sure none had weapons. YouTube employee Vadim Lavrusik posted on Twitter that he heard gunshots and saw people running. He said he was barricaded in a room with co-workers before being safely evacuated. Will Hudson said a friend who works for YouTube texted him about the shooter. “I think there might be a shooter in my building,” read one text. “The fire alarm went off so we started to evacuate and then people (started) running saying there was a shooter”.


San Francisco General Hospital received three patients: a 36-year-old man in critical condition, a 32-year-old woman in serious condition and a 27-year-old woman in fair condition, a spokesman said. The hospital expected more patients. Google, which owns the world’s biggest online video website, posted on Twitter that the company was coordinating with authorities. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said it also responded. The White House said President Donald Trump was briefed on the shooting and that officials were monitoring developments. Hudson said his friend made it safely back to San Francisco and was in contact with his family. Hudson said he’s become used to hearing about gun violence but has never been so close to it. “It just feels strange. It feels like it could really be anyone. That’s really the strangeness of it,” he said. Calls and emails to YouTube representatives were not immediately returned.



Half of European flights face delays after computer failure

Aircraft are seen on the tarmac at Schipol airport near Amsterdam.



BRUSSELS: European air travellers faced mass disruption on Tuesday with up to half of all flights delayed after the system that manages air traffic for the continent broke down. Nearly 15,000 flights could be held up by the problem, according to Eurocontrol, the Brussels-based agency in charge of managing Europe’s skies. Several of the EU‘s biggest airports, including Amsterdam’s Schiphol, warned of problems and advised passengers to check on their flights because of the computer breakdown. “Today 29,500 flights were expected in the European network. Approximately half of those could have some delay as a result of the system outage,” a Eurocontrol statement said. “We very much regret the inconvenience caused to passengers across Europe today, however safety is our number 1 priority at all times. We are working hard to ensure the network returns to normal operations over the coming hours,” it later tweeted. Eurocontrol – which covers 41 countries including all 28 EU nations plus others in Europe including Ukraine, Turkey and Norway said it hoped to have the system back up and running by late Tuesday. It blamed a “failure of the Enhanced Tactical Flow Management System”, which tracks and manages traffic demand across the continent, and said it had activated contingency plans which reduced European flight capacity by 10 percent. The cause had been identified, it said, without saying what it was. Eurocontrol added that flight plans from before 1026 GMT were “lost” and asked airlines to refile them. “We have never had anything like this before,” a Eurocontrol spokesman told AFP.


The breakdown comes a day after the Easter holidays when many travellers are on the move around Europe, and as commuters across France faced disruption from a massive rail strike in protest at President Emmanuel Macron‘s reforms. Several airports across the continent warned of problems, with Amsterdam’s Schiphol saying that the “system failure” at Eurocontrol could have “possible consequences” for departures. Brussels airport said departures were limited to 10 flights an hour. The Belgian airport manages 650 flights a day, according to its website. Helsinki, Prague, Copenhagen and Dublin airports also warned of delays. Frankfurt airport, Germany’s biggest and one of the busiest in Europe, said the effects were “limited” but added that planes from Brussels “might not be able to arrive”. “We have delays at departures, but this is nothing dramatic. Punctuality is currently under 80 percent,” a spokesperson of Fraport, which runs the airport, told AFP. German air traffic control operator Deutsche Flugsicherung warned of a possible “vicious circle” of delays. “Since 2 pm this system, the network manager, has failed in Brussels. This is the system, the department, that controls the flight schedules,” a spokeswoman said. “You work from experience, but things are going slower. But of course, a vicious circle can arise. If nobody takes off, nobody can land. We don’t know how long it’ll take,” the spokeswoman added. The main airports in Paris and Rome, and the organisation that runs all of Spain’s airports, said, however, they had no initial reports of disruption.



Saudi coalition says Yemeni rebels attack Red Sea oil tanker



RIYADH: Yemen‘s Houthi rebels attacked a Saudi oil tanker in the Red Sea on Tuesday, causing “minor damage” to the ship, the Saudi-led coalition battling the rebels said. Coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Malki said the attack occurred at 1.30pm (local time) in international waters west of the port of Hodeida in Yemen, which is under Houthi control. The coalition said a naval ship belonging to a member country rapidly intervened, without giving further details. The statement did not immediately provide details on the type of weapon used or the extent of the damage. Al-Malki said a coalition naval ship accompanied the oil tanker until it completed its navigation north. Pictures carried by state-run Saudi al-Ekhbariya TV showed a hole ripped through the side of the ship but no oil leaking out. The coalition spokesman described it as a “terrorist attack” that threatens commercial shipping routes in the vital Bab al-Mandeb strait, used for oil shipments from the Gulf to Europe, as well as goods from Asia to Europe. The Houthis have in the past targeted military ships belonging to coalition partners Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, but the attacks have failed to cause any substantial damage.


Today’s attack came one day after an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition killed at least 14 people near Hodeida. The airstrike hit a compound housing displaced people in the town of al-Hami. Deputy Health Minister Walid al-Emmad said at least eight women and five girls were among those killed. The Saudi-led coalition has been at war with the Iran-allied Houthis for more than three years, a conflict that has killed more than 10,000 Yemenis and devastated the Arab world’s poorest country. Saudi-led airstrikes have killed thousands of civilians and destroyed hospitals, schools and markets. Al-Malki suggested Iran had a hand in today’s attack, repeating Saudi allegations that Tehran is arming the Houthis. The US, which is providing some support to the coalition, and its Arab allies accuse Iran of providing increasingly sophisticated weapons to the Shiite rebels, including ballistic missiles fired at the kingdom. Iran denies arming the rebels. The Houthis have fired close to 100 missiles toward Saudi Arabia since the war began. Last week, a missile attack killed an Egyptian worker and wounded two others in the Saudi capital, Riyadh.

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