News Flash – 15 July 2019

National News



Thief Steals Bizman’s Bank details, ID card data, Siphons off Rs.3.3 Crores


Mumbai: The cyber police on Saturday arrested a man for stealing over Rs 3.3 crore from a businessman’s bank account using a fraudulently-obtained SIM card through which he received OTPs for transactions. The businessman, a publisher of school books, approached the police on July 12 after realizing that he had been cheated during July 7-9. The cyber cell used the digital trail of the transactions to zero in on the accused, Amanatullah Shaikh (33), a Govandi resident. The accused, who works as a smalltime constructions contractor, had knowledge of the businessman’s particulars, including his mobile phone number. He approached the mobile service provider at one of its galleries, pretending to be the businessman and requested that his (the businessman’s) number be blocked as “he had lost his phone”. Shaikh then produced duplicate documents proving the businessman’s identity and got a new SIM card. “He put the SIM in his phone and began transacting from the businessman’s bank account, using OTPs sent through the new SIM card to validate the transactions,” said an officer.



The police are probing how Shaikh obtained the businessman’s identity documents, including his Aadhaar card. They refused to say how Shaikh got the businessman’s net banking details, including account number and password. An officer said that the crime had all the signs of a syndicate operation. “Several persons are suspected to be involved. It’s not easy for anyone to get someone else’s bank account details and also identity cards. Shaikh’s arrest is just the beginning of our probe,” he said. The police have asked the mobile service provider for CCTV footage from the gallery concerned and other details. Shaikh is married and lives in Baiganwada, Govandi. “We are trying to find out where he duplicated the documents,” said a source. Of the Rs 3.3 crore stolen, at least Rs 25 lakh was transferred to Shaikh’s own account. “He used around Rs 1.5 lakh to buy gold and around Rs 4 lakh for other things. We have written to the bank to freeze his account,” said DCP Vishal Thakur (cyber police).



Manager held at Gunpoint, Store Robbed


New Delhi: Two men held the manager of a Pantanjali store at gunpoint and took away his cellphone and Rs 20,000 kept in the cash register. The incident happened in outer Delhi’s Prem Nagar on Friday evening. The manager, Rinku, told the police that the store had opened this February and the owner lived in Rani Khera village. According to him, the two men entered the shop around 9.30pm and asked for desi ghee. Before Rinku could help them out, one of them took out a country-made pistol and put it to his head. The second man snatched Rinku’s mobile phone and emptied the cash register. The duo then fled. Footage from a CCTV installed right on top of the cash counter is being used to identify the robbers. The footage shows one robber in an orange T-shirt holding the gun. His associate, wearing a sky blue shirt, is seen snatching the manager’s phone and then pushing him away to take the money. The two could be seen threatening the store manager before leaving the store. Both seem to be in their early 20s and their pictures are being circulated among local informers to get more details. It is being suspected that the duo conducted a recce of the store before conducting the robbery. Old footage is being checked to find out if they had been to the store before. A case under sections of robbery has been registered.



Floods in Assam hit 26 Lakhs, inundate 28 of 33 Districts

Flood-affected villagers being shifted to a safer place on the outskirts of Agartala on Sunday. Children lay their books on the road for drying in a village in Tezpur, Assam.



Guwahati: As the second wave of floods in Assam worsened by the day, with 12 lakhs more people getting affected and four more deaths being reported over 24 hours, the Army was pressed into rescue operations and asked to remain on standby on Sunday. The National Disaster Response Force and State Disaster Response Force have been engaged to rescue 7,833 people in 11 districts. As many as 800 people were rescued on Sunday. Death toll rose to 11 as bodies of four more people were retrieved on Sunday. According to a state disaster management authority report, over 26 lakh people have been affected in 28 districts, leaving just five districts unaffected in the state. Meanwhile, 90% of Kaziranga’s 430-sqkm area has gone under water. Floods have marooned over 5,000 people in Tripura where incessant rain over the last two days washed a person away and forced the administration to move people to around 25 relief camps.

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