News Flash – 08 May 2019

National News



ATM Cash Crew falls for Gang’s ruse, conned of Rs.58 Lakhs from Van



Hyderabad: A bank ATM cash-loading crew was caught off guard and robbed by an ‘attention diversion’ gang in Vanasthalipuram on Tuesday morning while they were about to put the money in an Axis Bank ATM near Panama Junction. The gang stole Rs 58.9 lakh and made good its escape in a hired autorickshaw. The incident occurred at around 10.45 am. Police suspect the role of six to eight persons in the well-planned robbery. One of the gang members threw some cash on the road, while the other allegedly lured security guard in the cash-loading vehicle to pick up the cash. “One of them hollered at the guard about cash ‘falling’ from the vehicle. As the guard and others were busy picking up the money, the gang coolly took away the cash stored in a tin box,” said Vanasthalipuram inspector A Venkataiah. A part from driver and the guard, two custodians travelled in the cash-loading jeep. “It had enough money to load at least three ATMs,” the inspector said. The crew realised that they were taken for a ride after they found the cash missing when they were about to load it at the Axis Bank ATM”. Four special teams have been formed to catch them,” Venkataiah said.



Burglars break into builder’s penthouse, flee with valuables worth over Rs.1.1 crores



Bengaluru: A gang of burglars struck at a builder’s penthouse at Chelikere, near Hennur, and fled with valuables worth over Rs 1.1 crore, including 3kg of gold ornaments. Police said the incident came to light on May 5 when Nagaraja Reddy and his family returned from Tamil Nadu after visiting Lord Shaneshwara Temple in Thirunallar. Nagaraja suspects his maid Mandivi Singh and her husband Hemanth Singh, both of whom are missing. Preliminary probe said a gang of four, including Mandivi and Hemanth, burgled the house and fled with the booty. Nagaraja said he was staying at a penthouse in B Block of Sahasra Grand Apartments. He and his family left home at 6.30am on May 3 for Thirunallar. The family returned at 1.30am on May 5 and found the back door broken open, and cash and valuables missing. Nagaraj said 3,254 grams of gold ornaments, silver articles weighing around 15kg, 23 costly watches, foreign currency worth Rs 1.5 lakh and Rs 5 lakh cash have been stolen. Rahulkumar Shahapurwad, DCP (east), said Mandivi and her husband are from Nepal. “People should be careful while appointing maids. We have formed a team to nab the burglars,” he said.



CCTV Cameras to make Suburban Trains Safer

NEW LOOK: Refurbished interior of one of the three rakes.



Chennai: In what will pleasantly surprise suburban train commuters, Southern Railway has embarked on a project to refurbish EMU rakes which have crossed half their lifetime of 25 years. The Chennai division has spent at least Rs.5 lakhs each on three rakes to redo the interiors by adding CCTV cameras in the ladies coach, replacing slippery flooring and installing fans with bigger blades for better air circulation. One 12-car rake from Tambaram, one 9-car rake from Avadi and another 9-car from Velachery shed have been refurbished. A map of the suburban rail network has been put up in these coaches. It seeks to benefit many first-time travellers who may not be aware of the suburban corridors or the station they may need to alight. This is on the lines of the facility in metro rail coaches. What’s more, the ladies, first class and regular coaches have been given a pink, green and blue coding. Since the coaches are old, the aluminium flooring would be very slippery, said a senior official. This is a dangerous scenario since during peak hours, many commuters have to travel standing and get down in a hurry and may slip.



To avoid this, the flooring has been replaced with stainless steel and its height has also been elevated, the official said. In the first class coaches, a mobile charger has been provided which may come in handy for those who take long journeys. One of the complaints of commuters is the ineffectiveness of fans in these trains. To resolve this, fans with 450mm sweep blades, which would have better air circulation, have been added. An important safety measure incorporated is the smoke detector in the motor coach of the rake. This is because there have been many incidents of electrical fires leading to smoke in the coaches, triggering panic among passengers. “With these detectors, the motorman will get an alarm and will be able to take immediate action,” the official added. A front-facing camera has been provided for recording events during servicing. Switches in all compartments have also been replaced with heavy-duty modular switches which are safer. The windows have been provided with sun control film which would make it easier for commuters who sit by the window, said an official.

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