News Flash – 15 June 2019

National News



Duo Smashes ATM Camera to Rob Rs.10 Lakhs, Caught on CCTV outside

Clockwise from above: One of the robbers hammers the CCTV camera inside the ATM kiosk; he tries to hammer open the machine; the broken ATM from which the cash was taken.


Mumbai: Two masked men cut open an unguarded ATM of a bank and fled with Rs 10 lakh in Palghar in the dead of Thursday night. The two had first jimmied a lock of the shutter of the bank’s branch next door, but abandoned it midway. The police said that one of the suspects, who appears to be in his late twenties, damaged the camera inside the kiosk. The bank is located on Wada Road in Kudus, about 70km from Virar. “But what the two did not realise is that there was a camera right outside the kiosk and both have been captured there,” said a police officer. “They are even seen leaving the ATM kiosk with a bag”. Footage from a camera right outside the Kiosk shows the two outside the ATM around 3.19am. Around 3.21am, one of the suspects enters the kiosk and scans the ceiling, as if trying to locate the security camera. He then places his left hand to cover his eyes and with a hammer smashes the camera. It is within 15 minutes that the two finish their business of cutting open the machine. “The two must have surely downed the shutter of the kiosk while they were at work inside,” said a police officer.



“Before fleeing, they pulled down the shutter of the kiosk”. The two are seen leaving the kiosk with the booty. At 3.31am, the camera has captured the two men lugging a white bag. “While one of them is seen lifting the bag with much difficulty, the other is carrying a gas-cutter.” The theft came to light only when the bank opened for business around 9am on Friday. Inspector Sudam Shinde of Wada police station said that the rain at night possibly muffled the sound of the gas-cutter while it was used to rip open the machine. “Besides, the unearthly hour they chose was, of course, to their advantage,” said Shinde. While there have been cases of attempted breaking at ATM kiosks where machines had been tampered with to steal cash, the police said the use of a gas cutter has led them to investigate if this heist is the handiwork of “professional” ATM robbers. A case of theft has bene registered against two unidentified men.



Train Accident Averted, Thanks to CCTV Cameras

The boulder which was 2.3 metres long, 1.6 metres high and 2.2 metres wide, was big enough to cause serious damage if a train were to hit it.



Mumbai: Central Railway’s decision to install CCTV cameras in the Ghat section of the Mumbai-Pune route paid off on Thursday night as authorities were able to avert an accident by stopping a train well in time before it could hit a fallen boulder. The boulder which was 2.3 metres long, 1.6 metres high and 2.2 metres wide, was big enough to cause serious damage if a train were to hit it. It fell on the track near Lonavla around 8.15 pm, holding up the Mumbai-Kolhapur Sahyadri Express for over two hours. “The monitoring staff not only alerted higher authorities, but also ensured power supply to the overhead equipment was switched off and oncoming trains were stopped well in time,” said Sunil Udasi, chief spokesperson, Central Railway. Senior PRO AK Jain said, “The Sahyadri Express resumed its journey toward Kolhapur around 10.30 pm after it was brought back to Thakurwadi”.



The incident was captured on CCTVs at Monkey Hill near Khandala. CCTV cameras have been installed on the Ghat section for real-time images of loose rocks falling on the tracks to prevent accidents. The Ghat section between Karjat-Lonavla is also patrolled manually. Udasi said, “We have installed 43 cameras in the 12- km stretch of the Monkey Hill-Khandala Ghat section”. CR also carries out surveys with drones to capture visuals of the Ghat section as loose rocks can lead to landslides, endangering the safety of train operations during the monsoon. In 2017, there were three incidents of landslides, but no major casualties. In fact, on August 21, 2017, a boulder had hit a train coach, tearing through its roof, but there were no fatalities. Central Railway has already begun work on removing loose boulders from vulnerable spots. In case of any boulder falling incident, teams can be mobilised to undertake relief and rescue operations.



Motion Sensors, CCTV’s help Man in US Thwart Robbery in Bengaluru House


Bengaluru: It was around 3.25am on Friday. The streets in Manyata Tech Park, near Nagawara, wore a deserted look. Two men — Rajkumar and Dilip — both in their late twenties broke into a locked house in the locality through the terrace. Seconds after the duo gained entry, a smartphone in the US started buzzing. Its owner, Parthasarathy, also the owner of the Bengaluru house, received an alert, indicating his property was under attack. The motion sensors and alarm system he had installed in the building had sensed movements on the premises. Parthasarathy, a retired civil engineer, remotely logged into his home’s CCTV feed and found two men ransacking the house. At 3.30am, he alerted two of his neighbours in Bengaluru, and also put out an alert in the residents’ WhatsApp group. Woken up by the message, one of the neighbours alerted police and a team of eight cops in two Hoysalas arrived at the spot in the next few minutes. Meanwhile, some other neighbours too stepped out, but without raising an alarm. “Soon after seeing Parthasarathy’s message, I called police. I had advised them against using sirens as the thieves were still inside the house. The cops first surveyed all the exit and entry points to the house. As they prepared to act, Dilip, who had reached the terrace again, spotted them,” a neighbour told TOI, requesting anonymity.



It was about 3.50am. Dilip managed to get on to the second floor from the terrace, then to the first and jumped to the ground. “Armed with an iron rod, he threatened to attack us. Swinging the rod, he started running and managed to get past all of us. While some of us, including our dog, chased him for over a kilometre, we could not catch him,” the neighbour added. While all this drama played out, Rajkumar was still inside the house. The neighbour handed over the spare keys of the house to the cops, who used the same to gain entry. Once inside, police found the house completely ransacked, but couldn’t spot Rajkumar. “There were no signs of forced entry. Police then went to the terrace, where they found the door and grill broken; Rajkumar was hiding under a chair,” the neighbour added. “Rajkumar told us he arrived from Nepal only last week and that this was their first attempt at burglary. We are looking for the other person and will have more clarity once we nab him,” said police, who have detained Rajkumar. While Parthasarathy’s tech-savvy ways saved his house on Friday, the elaborate security installations didn’t always exist. About seven months ago, when he was in Singapore, unknown men had burgled his house and made away with valuables, including jewellery and cash. He was forced to cut short his stay there and rush back to Bengaluru. The first thing Parthasarathy did was to install motion sensors and CCTV cameras inside the house. While the motion sensors capture movements in his absence and send an alert to his smartphone, the CCTV cameras allow him to see what’s going on at home.

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