News Flash – 19 November 2019

National News



Turkish Hackers Pilfer Rs.1 crore from Tripura ATM’s



Agartala: Suspected Turkish hackers have fraudulently withdrawn nearly Rs 1 crore from 45 bank accounts here since Friday using cloned SBI ATM cards, setting off alarm bells in the state capital’s cybercrime unit, which has issued an alert to all bank customers. The superintendent of Tripura Police’s cybercrime wing, Sharmistha Chakraborty, said police suspect the involvement of Turkish hackers who had struck in Guwahati in August, taking out lakhs through ATM-cloning devices. “Our probe is on. If necessary, we will take help from other agencies of states where similar crimes have taken place,” Chakraborty said. SBI on Sunday blocked scores of ATM cards, which were primarily used at four ATM booths in the city and suspended operation of three SBI ATMs and one Tripura State Cooperative Bank ATM. SBI regional manager Dibyendu Chowdhury said they have so far received complaints from 45 customers and the bank has blocked ATM cards. Police sources said so far it has been established that the cloned ATM cards were used to pull out money from different outlets of south Kolkata in the past three days.



2 Die After Blast at Chemical Unit in Jeedimetla

The remains of the factory.



Hyderabad: Two workers from Bihar were killed in a reactor explosion in a chemical factory in IDA Jeedimetla area around 2.30 pm on Monday. The blast in ‘Jeevika Life Sciences Private Ltd’ in Ram Reddy Nagar triggered panic as the ball of fire shattered the glass panes and the roof disintegrated into pieces. Of the six in the factory, four were rescued while the two victims — Amresh Das (22) and Mohammed Anwar — who were close to the reactor were badly burnt. Police said Anwar died at the site and Das succumbed in hospital. “We were working inside the factory when we heard the explosion. We ran out to save our lives,” a worker said. Cops said both the victims lived at Ram Reddy Nagar. The blast occurred on the top floor, while the other workers were on the ground floor.



Flyers Blame Security Step-up for Queues; CISF Points at Traffic Surge


Kolkata: The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) deployed at Kolkata airport has intensified passenger frisking and baggage checks, resulting in long queues at the security check gates and delays in flights. Sensing the possibility of passengers missing flights due to the bottleneck at the frisking and X-ray points, the airport operator has asked airlines not to depart until all flyers are on board. On Monday evening, the queue at the four security checkpoints in the domestic wing of the integrated terminal spilt over to almost the terminal gate as CISF personnel thoroughly frisked passengers and opened bags to physically search them in case of the slightest doubt. The sudden step-up is not due to any alert, but because of the audit being carried out by Bureau of Civil Aviation Safety through an external agency. “With an audit team breathing down the neck, CISF personnel are being extra careful. Frisking and screening of baggage is thorough at all times. But now, they are going absolutely by the book. Thus, while a jawan would physically examine any item that the passenger might have forgotten to place them in a tray on the conveyor belt at the X-ray machine, flyers are now being made to empty their pockets completely, and take off anything that may trigger an alert,” an airport official said.



On Monday, it took up to 45 minutes, instead of the usual 10-12 minutes, to negotiate through the security checks during rush hours. This left many passengers fuming. “It is good that security is tight and they are being careful. But it should not become a pain,” said a passenger who spent 40 minutes in the queue. Airlines, too, were perturbed as flights — especially those during the rush hours — suffered delays. A CISF officer said the reason for the delay was a combination of factors, including surge in traffic. “The count of departing passengers has gone up from 26,000-28,000 prior to the festive season to 38,000 now. Naturally, it is taking longer to check the additional passengers,” he reasoned. Passengers and airline staff, though, argued that wait was a lot shorter till Saturday. “Only if the number of door frame metal detectors, frisking lines and hand baggage screening machines are increased can the queues shorten,” an airline official said.



Bizman Attempts to Burgle ATM held



Chennai: Police on Monday arrested a 30-year-old rice merchant who tried to burgle an ATM in Mogappair after suffering loss in business. Police entered the scene in the nick of time and arrested V Silambarasan, 30, of Nerkundram, after officials at the bank’s central branch in Mumbai found suspicious movements at the ATM kiosk through CCTV camera feed and alerted police. A native of Dharmapuri, Silambarasan is said to be an engineering diploma holder. He allegedly suffered Rs.6 lakhs loss and decided to loot an ATM to settle his loans. “If there had been a delay in reaching the spot, he could have escaped with the cash,” said a police officer. Silambarasan has been remanded in judicial custody.



International News



3 Gunned Down at Oklahoma Walmart



US: Three people were shot and killed in an attack at an Oklahoma Walmart on Monday morning, according to Oklahoma highway patrol, the latest in a string of deadly shootings in the US. A spokeswoman for the patrol confirmed that there were three dead. She did not provide further details. The shooting took place in a parking lot in front of the store in the town of Duncan, police chief Danny Ford said. Two men and a woman were fatally shot, the chief of police said. Ford added that two victims were shot inside a car and the third was in the parking lot outside the store. Duncan Banner newspaper, citing police sources, said the shooter was dead. Police chief Ford said police is looking for witnesses to the shooting. Walmart Inc. referred questions to law enforcement. Schools in the area had been placed on lockdown temporarily before being given an “all clear” by local police, according to a Facebook statement from Duncan Public Schools. A gunman killed 22 people in a Walmart store in August in El Paso Texas, while another Walmart store in Mississippi was the scene of a shooting in July, when a disgruntled employee killed two co-workers and wounded a police officer.

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