Alert Cops Flag Down Drunk Auto Driver, Save 2 School Kids
RISKY RIDE: The driver was booked as he didn’t have valid documents, including licence. He was ferrying 2 six-year-old boys home from school.
Bengaluru: In a touching gesture, two school going children offered chocolates to the traffic policemen who saved their lives by flagging down an autorickshaw driver ferrying them negligently on the busy Bommanahalli Road on Wednesday afternoon. Madiwala traffic police sub-inspector TD Jayaramu and head constable Sridhar Kugatoli were deployed near the busy Bommanahalli Junction when they noticed an auto being driven rashly. They flagged down the vehicle and found the driver, Umesha, 27, was drunk and ferrying two six-year-old boys home from school. “It was around 12.45pm when we saw the auto being driven negligently and changing lanes at Bommanahalli Junction. On suspicion, Sridhar and I stopped the vehicle and fond the driver drunk,” Jayaramu told TOI. Umesha didn’t have any valid documents, including licence. He was ferrying the children from Lawrence school, HSR Layout Sector 6. Jayaramu checked the children’s school ID cards and called the institutions before informing the parents.
The children, meanwhile, played around with the cops. The parents arrived in half an hour. “They thanked us and the children gave us chocolates when they left,” Jayaramu said. Abdul Basha, father of one of the two boys, said, “I send my son in an auto and on Wednesday, the regular driver called and told that he couldn’t pick up my son from school as one his relatives had expired. He said he had arranged for another driver to drop him home. Eventually, we found out this driver was drunk. We thank the alert cops who saved the lives of my son and his schoolmate,” he added. Madiwala traffic inspector Gavisidappa said they were proud to have staffers like Jayaramu and Sridhar and he would write to his higher-ups about their commendable job.
Romanian Duo Skims Data from 8 ATM’s, Held
Hyderabad: Two Romanian nationals who were allegedly involved in skimming ATMs were arrested on Thursday. The duo skimmed eight ATMs, police said. SBI chief manager lodged a police complaint, saying instruments were found attached to bank’s ATM at Abids. While verifying CCTV footage, police found two persons attaching skimmer and micro camera to ATM on October 12 and 14. “The team identified the two suspects moving in suspicious manner near ATM centre,” police said in a press note. By using the leads obtained from footage, they found the accused boarding an auto at Jagdish market and Mehdipatnam. The police traced the accused. “The team scrutinized CCTV footage from Abids to Anjaiah Nagar of Gachibowli and apprehended prime accused Dinita Virgil Sorinel, 47, who took shelter in a service apartment by producing fake id. Based on his confession, the team apprehended George Christian alias Mario,” police said. Joint commissioner of police (Central zone) Vishwa Prasad said the accused had changed three autos between Gachibowli and Abids. Samsung laptop, magnetic strip reader, speaker boxes, soldering device, meter reading device, body cover containing in-built camera, memory card, gum gun, card reader, mobile phones, Romanian passport, fake passport of South Africa, debit cards, face masks and USB cables were seized from the duo. The two sent the stolen data to their handler in Romania.
Robbery Bid Foiled, 7-Member Gang Held
Chennai: The Elephant Gate police foiled a robbery attempt on Wednesday and arrested a seven-member gang from the Murugappa Road-NSC Bose Road junction. A machete and a chilli powder sachet were seized from them. The accused were identified as K Mannan, 28, of Thiru Vi Ka Nagar, B Naveen, 26, of Andhra Pradesh, S Pawan, 28, of Andhra Pradesh, B Prakash, 20, of Kodungaiyur, P Gopi, 20, of Arakkonam, K Ashiq, 25, of Nanmangalam and R Vinoth, 29, of Perambur. The key accused, Mannan, told police that he was a goldsmith and had suffered losses in business. Along with Suresh and Naveen, Mannan had planned to rob his friend Santhosh, who has a jewellery shop in Egmore. Police are looking for Suresh who’s an auto driver.