News Flash – 18 June 2019

National News



Attempt to Break Open ATM Foiled



Chennai: A day after a private bank ATM was opened on Gandhi Road in Avadi, it was targeted by a miscreant on Sunday. A passerby noticed a man attempting to break open the ATM. He downed the shutters of the kiosk and alerted police. However, the culprit fled before police arrived. No cash was stolen from the kiosk, said police. When the passerby went to draw cash from the ATM, which was inaugurated on Saturday, he saw the suspect attempting to break open the machine. The passerby warily stepped out and pulled down the shutter. He then got on his bike and rushed to a police patrol vehicle on Gandhi Road. Even as he drove towards the policemen to alert them, he heard the man trapped inside the kiosk knocking vigorously and attempting to escape. On information, police rushed to the spot. However, they found no one inside the kiosk. Police informed the bank officials and they confirmed that cash was intact in the machine. Avadi police registered a case and collected the CCTV camera footage.



Fire breaks out in barrack at old ATC complex



Mumbai: A fire broke out at Mumbai airport’s old air traffic control complex in Sahar on Monday evening. A Mumbai airport spokesperson said that the fire broke out in an unoccupied Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) barrack which was located in the air traffic control complex. “No one was injured. The fire was brought under control by our firefighting team,’’ said the airport spokesperson. As the building where the fire broke out was close to the complex’s compound wall, the raging fire was visible from the road that ran adjacent to it.



“Suspicious Timer Bomb-Like” device found near Kalamboli School Campus

A member of the bomb detection team examines the device.



Navi Mumbai: There was much panic near a school in Kalamboli for some time on Monday as a “suspicious” device resembling a “timer bomb” was found in a box left on a handcart in the vicinity. The device, suspected to be an improvised explosive device, was spotted by the watchman of New Sudhagad School around 2pm on Monday. For now, nothing dangerous has been found. Members of the Bomb Detection & Disposal Squad of the Navi Mumbai police reached the spot and moved the device to an open ground. The device was kept in a box on the handcart parked about 50mt from the compound. “It had wires jutting out of it. The wires, attached to a battery, were dangling out of the box,” said a source from the crime branch of Navi Mumbai police. “This made the school watchman suspect that a bomb had been planted on the handcart”. The device was taken far from the school. “We did not want the schoolchildren to panic,” the source added. Commissioner of police Sanjay Kumar said nothing dangerous about the device has been found for now. Footage from cameras shows a suspect parking the handcart near the school on Sunday.



“Three elements are required to make an explosive device—the switch, power source and charge. In this device that we have recovered, there is a power source that we have disintegrated. There was a 12 Volts battery which is unnecessary. Then there is a switch mechanism in the form of an analogue watch, but this watch has a limitation of fixing the timer for only 12 hours. Its timer had been set at ‘1.30”. Kumar added that if the person intended to trigger a blast, the timer would now have to be reset. “So, for now, the device, if at all it is an explosive, is not live,” he said. Also, there is a charge, meant for storage of explosives which was in the form of a steel box that was locked. The Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad opened the lock, using a screwdriver and found a cement block inside. So, experts used a jet machine to penetrate the steel box to almost 3 inches. “But experts found only cement inside the steel box. We will still do an x-ray scan to see if there is any explosive mixed in the cement. If not, it means somebody has played a prank,” he said. Kumar said if there is explosive material in the charge, it is a “serious” matter. He said that if they are unable to find the charge, the suspected device will be blasted using a mild bomb.

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