News Flash – 16 May 2019

National News



Ulfa hit on Security Men leaves 11 Hurt in Guwahati

The grenade explosion took place near a shopping mall in Guwahati.



Guwahati: Two SSB personnel and nine civilians were injured, two of them critically, in a grenade explosion near a mall on Zoo Road in Guwahati around 8pm on Wednesday. Ulfa (Independent) claimed responsibility soon after the explosion that occurred close to a security checkpoint manned by the Assam Police and SSB. Assam Police DGP Kuladhar Saikia said, “Lately, militants have been fleeing from Myanmar and we have been able to either catch many of them or make them surrender. It is only after a probe that we will be able to confirm if there is any link between the blast and whatever is happening in Myanmar”. Some witnesses said the attackers were on a motorcycle while others said they were in an SUV. Most of the injured were going through a security check at the time of the attack.



ATM Mechanic Steals Rs.1cr to bail out friend; both held

Kishore and Rakesh.



Bengaluru: A 28-year-old ATM mechanic who stole nearly Rs 1 crore in order to bail out his friend who had raised loans to the tune of Rs 20 lakh after his hotel business had failed is now cooling his heels behind bars. Adugodi police arrested Kishore Kumar, 28, a resident of B Chandrappa Nagar, and Rakesh, 37, of Vishwapriya Nagar. Kishore worked with a cash logistics firm and was tasked with fixing defunct ATMs. Last year, Rakesh, a cab driver, had raised a loan of Rs 20 lakh to start a hotel, but the venture failed within a few days. Kishore, a close friend of Rakesh, decided to help him. The duo decided to steal cash from ATM kiosks. On May 1, Kishore went to an ICICI Bank ATM kiosk on Langford Road and an RBL Bank ATM kiosk on Residency Road and cut their wires and disabled their transactions. He knew that both the ATMs were to be refilled the same day. Kishore, who was assigned to fix the ATMs, received the One Time Passwords (OTPs) to open the cash vending machines. After he got the OTPs, Kishore took away Rs 47.8 lakh from the ICICI Bank ATM and Rs 51.3 lakh from RBL Bank ATM.



Rakesh had brought his car in which they transported the cash to three rooms which they had rented to hoard the money. The banks informed the cash logistics firm about the missing cash. Kishore was the first suspect as he had stopped coming to work from the next day. Ongoing through CCTV footage near the kiosks, police found Kishore and Rakesh were involved in the heist. Police said the duo divided the cash and stored them in three different locations. While Kishore stored Rs 47.8 lakh in Bommanahalli and Rakesh Rs 30 lakh in Vishwapriya Nagar, Begur and Rs 17.7 lakh in Viratnagar in Bommanahalli. Police said they are yet to recover Rs 3.6 lakh from the accused, who claim they put the money in a temple hundi (cash collection box). Cops are yet to establish the veracity of the claim. Kishore and Rakesh are unmarried and thick friends. Besides, the loss incurred in the hotel business, Rakesh had also lost money in gambling. Police commissioner T Suneel Kumar announced Rs one lakh prize money to Adugodi police who cracked the case.

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