News Flash – 18 October 2019

National News



Ex-Head Constable Held for ATM Card Fraud

Ravi Kumar Meena was seen fitting a skimming device onto the card slot of the machine.



New Delhi: A former Delhi Police head constable has been arrested for duping several people by skimming their ATM cards by fitting spy cameras and skimming machines in an ATM kiosk in west Delhi. Police said that specially modified bags and notebooks that had cavities for fitting spy cameras were seized from him. He was found to be involved in more than a dozen cases across west and central Delhi. DCP (west) Deepak Purohit said that Ravi Kumar Meena (37), a resident of Nangloi, was arrested from his house after he was caught by a CCTV camera of an ATM kiosk of a private bank near Janakpuri. In the footage, Meena is seen fitting a skimming device onto the card slot of the machine. It was found that after fitting the cloning device, he would place his bag or the notebook on the machine or somewhere nearby so that it focused on the keypad of the machine. After the details of the magnetic strip fitting on the card were recorded, he would get to see the PIN that the user had entered from the recordings in the spy cameras.



He would then use this to prepare a cloned card that he would use to withdraw money. “During interrogation, the man revealed that he was addicted to online gambling and had a habit of leading a lavish lifestyle. Therefore, he started cloning ATM cards after obtaining ATM data with the help of spy cameras installed in his bag and notebooks specially designed for the purpose,” said DCP Purohit. He had learnt the cloning of ATM by watching online videos and would generate the CVV of the cards through available details. He would then copy the card onto a blank card that he would procure from the royalty programs of different companies and use them as ATM cards. Cops have seized 61 blank cards, a modified bag and some notebooks, the pages of which were carved out to fit a hidden camera, from his possession.



More Dengue Cases in Salt Lake



Kolkata: Eight persons have been affected by dengue in Salt Lake’s FC block. The civic authorities have also found mosquito larvae in several houses in the locality. The Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation (BMC) authorities, led by mayor Krishna Chakraborty and MMIC (health) Pranay Roy, along with senior civic officials conducted an inspection in the locality on Thursday after receiving complaints of dengue cases from the block over the past few weeks. Mosquito larvae was found in at least six residential houses and on the backyard of a confectionery in the locality. The shop and the houses have been asked to clean up their premises and maintain cleanliness. “We visited the FC block locality after receiving complaints of some residents affected by dengue. We found stagnant water and mosquito larvae breeding in water containers, tree branches and on container lids in the houses. Residents living in those, too, we found to be affected by the disease. We are taking all necessary steps to prevent the outbreak,” said BMC mayor Krishna Chakraborty.



BMC officials said five persons, who were admitted with dengue, have now been discharged from hospital after treatment. Two persons, including a child, are presently admitted at hospital. There has been a spurt of dengue cases in the BMC area since September. From January 1 till end of August, the number of dengue-affected in entire BMC area was about 135. The number, however, has drastically increased to nearly 500, as per the latest data collected by the civic authorities. “The overall situation is better compared to last year but we are still worried. We are holding medical camps in all wards across BMC area. A medical camp will be held at FC block on Saturday. We are sending teams to know how many are suffering from fever,” said BMC MMIC (health) Pranay Roy.



Girl, 4, Dies of Dengue, Vellore School Fined Rs.1 Lakh



Vellore: After a 4-year-old girl, kindergarten student at a private school at Pallikonda in Vellore, died of dengue, health department officials levied a fine of Rs.1 lakh on the school for not maintaining hygienic conditions, which led to breeding of mosquitoes on its campus. A health department official said Nakshatra, daughter of Saran raj and Monica Rani, lived at Ambedkar Nagar in Vettuvanam village in Vellore district. The girl’s parents worked as daily wagers and she studied at Shiksha Kendra Higher Secondary School near Pallikonda. Nakshatra first showed signs of high fever 15 days ago and was treated at various private hospitals in Pallikonda and Vellore initially. After she tested positive for dengue, she was admitted to Vellore CMC hospital on Tuesday, where she died the following day. Speaking to TOI, deputy director of health service, Vellore, K S T Suresh said, “After Nakshatra’s death, health department officials inspected her house and school and found dengue causing aedes mosquitoes breeding on the school premises as it was poorly maintained. We imposed a fine of Rs.1 lakh on the school”. Addressing reporters, Suresh said 792 people have contracted dengue in the district from January. Of them, 786 patients were provided effective treatment and discharged, while others are being treated at various hospitals in the district. Fogging has been intensified following Nakshatra’s death.

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