Man Caught for Attacking Woman During Robbery Attempt
New Delhi: A week after a man allegedly attacked a woman during a robbery attempt in her house in southeast Delhi’s Amar Colony, the cops have nabbed the culprit. The man used to work as a guard in the colony earlier and had lost his job. Police are checking whether the man’s antecedents were verified during his employment. The man, Durga Bahadur Vishwakarma, was arrested from Amar Colony while trying to break into another house. He told the cops that on November 11, he had entered the woman’s house presuming no one would be at home. However, he had run into the woman in the kitchen while her mother-in-law was in the drawing room. He had grabbed her by her throat to scare her, but the woman managed to raise an alarm and alerted her mother-in-law and the household help. Vishwakarma had to flee without getting his hands on anything. A case of theft and assault has been registered against Vishwakarma.
Two Turkish Men Led ATM-Skimming Fraud
Kolkata: The four fraudsters—two Turkish and two Bangladeshi nationals who hacked over 1,788 bank accounts and siphoned off money by skimming cards in ATMs across six cities, including Kolkata, Mumbai and Agartala, have been remanded in police custody for 10 days by the Barrackpore ACJM (additional chief judicial magistrate) court on Wednesday afternoon. Senior officials from a number of nationalized banks also visited the Belgharia police station on Wednesday to interrogate the four, who were arrested from a rented accommodation near L-9 bus stop close to Belghoria police station on Tuesday. Cops have seized Rs 70 lakh in cash, some dollars, two laptops and five cellphones from them. The accused, Turkish Hakan Zanburkan and Fettah Aldemir and Bangladeshi Mohammed Hannan and Mohammed Rafiqul Islam, had been living in a second-floor flat at an apartment off BT Road. The four rented the flat in October for Rs 1,200 a day.
The landlord and the security guard of the apartment have also been detained. The flat owner claimed the accused had furnished fake ID-proof documents to him. The duo’s statements are being verified,” a senior officer at the Belgharia police station said. During interrogations, police learnt the two Turkey nationals masterminded the operation, while the Bangladeshi duo assisted them. “The Turkish men engaged the Bangladeshis to collect the details of the debit and credit cards. Hannan and Islam visited shopping malls, hotels and restaurants to steal the data of credit and debit cards with the help of skimming devices. The Turkish men then used the details to clone the cards and then, siphoned off money from the accounts,” an officer said. After stealing the money, they changed the Indian currency into dollar, officers said. “The hackers withdrew a few crores of rupees from over 1,788 bank accounts in the past few months. About Rs 1.19 crore was siphoned off in Tripura between November 15 and 17,” said a senior Barrackpore commissionerates officer.
In a First in Chennai, Masked Robbers Loot Train Passengers
Chennai: Six masked men brandishing knives robbed passengers of gold and cash on a Jaipur-bound express train at Basin Bridge before boarding a suburban service coming to Moore Market Complex and snatching cash and a mobile phone from a senior citizen on Tuesday evening, the government railway police said. The crime happened between 5.40pm and 6.30pm, said an officer, adding that the incident was the first of its kind in the city. The robbers first boarded an unreserved coach in the front of the MGR Chennai Central-Jaipur Biweekly Express (12967) when it slowed down at Basin Bridge railway station, due to the speed restriction between Basin Bridge and Korukkupet. They managed to snatch Rs.10,000, a 30-sovereign gold chain worth around Rs.7.5 lakhs and some phones before the train rolled into Wimco Nagar station, not a scheduled halt, at 6pm after a passenger pulled the chain. The train had left Central at 5.40pm.
A Railway Protection Force (RPF) officer said the men managed to escape. “They did not stop at that. They boarded a suburban train that was coming to Chennai when the train was between Tondiarpet and Korukkupet and robbed a senior citizen of 5,000 and a mobile phone”. The victims aboard the Jaipur Express filed a case at Gudur station in Andhra Pradesh based on which the GRP registered a case in Chennai. “The incident on the suburban train came to light only after the senior citizen approached us to file a complaint,” said an officer. It appears that the gang members had known that trains slow down on these sections and took advantage, he added. Miscreants have on a few occasions snatched mobile phones from passengers of express trains when they slow down while approaching MGR Chennai Central but this is the first time masked and armed men have robbed passengers, he added. Director general of police (GRP) C Sylendra Babu said it was a rare crime case. “We have tightened the security on the section and have posted armed personnel. We have identified the gang members and three teams of police are on the job to nab them. They will be caught soon,” said the officer.
Lightning Struck at Aeroplanes
New Zealand: A video grab shows an Emirates A380 plane almost being struck by lightning at Christchurch Airport in New Zealand on Wednesday as the South Island is battered by wild weather. More than 1,500 lightning strikes have hit the South Island over a course of a six-hour period.