2 Romanians fix skimmer at Bandra ATM, arrested with data of 50 users
Mumbai: Debit card details of at least 50 bank customers who withdrew money from a Bandra (W) ATM on May29 and May 30 were saved when police arrested two Romanians who had installed a skimming machine and hidden camera at the kiosk for over 36 hours. Pethyu George Jiji (51) and Nedesco Yaun Yanoon (36) were arrested around 10.30pm on May 30 when they returned to the IDBI Bank ATM kiosk on Water field Road to remove the skimmer. Police have recovered the skimmer, a skimmer reader, a card cloning device and a camera from the duo apart from the skimmer they had installed at the ATM. Police said they will send the second skimmer to forensic lab to find out data of how many other ATM users have been stolen. Sources said Bandra police laid a trap after the bank alerted them about the possibility of a skimmer being installed at their ATM kiosk on May 29 morning. “The bank got suspicious and informed us when they noticed a man entering the kiosk and fiddling with the machine which was captured on the CCTV camera.
The man, who had covered his face with handkerchief, installed a thin plate inside the ATM slot where the card is inserted,” said an officer from Bandra police. Consequently, a team formed by additional commissioner of police (West region) Manoj Sharma kept a watch on the ATM kiosk. “After installing the skimmer, the fraudsters leave it there for at least 15 hours to get data of maximum customers,” said an officer. Bank officials identified one of the two Romanians whose image was captured on the CCTV camera, police officer said, adding that the duo has been living in Mumbai for two months. The investigators are collecting details from the hotels where they lived. When the police team questioned the duo, they gave evasive replies, said an officer. “The accused did not speak in English. Finally, they started to speak after we seized the skimmer, ATM cloning device, card reader and camera. They are a part of a gang of Romanian nationals who have been caught across India in the last few months for stealing card data by fitting skimmer in ATMs,” said the officer.
Fire guts PWD Bungalow, 1 Dead
Jalpaiguri: Fire gutted a PWD inspection bungalow at Lataguri, killing a 29-year-old youth, Subhadeep Das, in the wee hours of Sunday. A short circuit is suspected to have caused the fire that engulfed the building before the arrival of two fire tenders from Malbazar and Maynaguri. Das, a resident of Siliguri’s Hakim Para, and one of his friends were inside the bungalow during the incident. The other person has sustained serious burns and is undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Malbazar. It being a Sunday, PWD officials couldn’t verify whether Das had officially booked a room there.
RPF Man saves 10-yr-old Girl who fell trying to board moving Train
Chennai: The presence of mind and timely action of a Railway Protection Force (RPF) constable at Chennai Egmore railway station saved the life of a young girl who had fallen into the space between the train and the platform. The 10-year-old girl and her father had tickets in a ‘third AC’ compartment of Chennai- Tiruchirappalli Uzhavan Express. They reached station late, around 10.40pm, as the train was leaving. The train had not gathered speed, and the girl and her father ran towards the coach. RPF constable S V Jose, who was on platform number 4, sensed danger and ran towards the girl. The girl tried to jump into the coach, missed her step and fell, with her legs between the platform and the moving train. By now the constable, holding a torch in his left hand, leaped towards the girl and, using his right hand, caught the girl and pulled her out of harm’s way.
A CCTV camera on the platform caught the gripping visuals that soon went viral online. “The train had not picked up speed, but it was moving,” said an eyewitness. Had the train gathered speed, it would’ve been tragic.” Police identified the girl as Anmol Sharma and her father Aswani Kumar. They had tickets in a third AC coach. The train was stopped for a few minutes after the guard noticed the commotion. Later, after ensuring that the girl was fine, the duo boarded the train. RPF officials reviewed the CCTV footage and appreciated Jose’s action. He may be recommended for an award, an official said. RPF has asked its personnel to be always on the watch for such incidents. “Such accidents happen more often when passengers try to get into overcrowded unreserved compartments,” said an official. “Some others do it as a stunt.” Railway officials have advised passengers to reach the platform and board the train well in advance to avoid such accidents.
Burglars Target Cop’s Home, Steal Rs.1.42 Lakhs
Ahmedabad: An assistant sub-inspector with Ghatlodia police on Sunday filed a complaint with Sola High Court police stating that burglars broke into her house in Sola government housing scheme near Sola civil on Saturday afternoon and decamped with valuables worth Rs 1.42 lakh. Chandravali Gadhvi stated in her complaint that she had gone to meet one of her relatives in Vastral area of the city on Saturday afternoon. When she returned at around 6pm, she found the main door unlocked and the house ransacked. On checking, she found that valuables worth Rs 1.42 lakh were stolen by the burglars. She told TOI that the burglary had happened within six hours when she was away to meet her relative in Vastral. Sola High Court police have registered a case of burglary.