2 Steal Rs.40k from War Veteran at ATM Kiosk
TARGETED: The victim, N K Mahajan, told police that the two women followed him into the ATM kiosk despite his asking them to wait outside.
New Delhi: Two women stole Rs 40,000 from a 1971 war veteran, Captain N K Mahajan, at an ATM kiosk in Hauz Khas on Thursday. Mahajan had withdrawn the money from another bank. The ATM where the incident took place was out of order, but there was no message displayed there, he said. CCTV footage confirmed that no guard was stationed at the kiosk. Video grabs accessed by TOI show two women entering the kiosk after Mahajan and standing behind him while he tries to make the transaction. Just when Mahajan is about to step out, one of the women distracts him with a question, while the other pulls the cash out from his pocket. It was only later that Mahajan realised that the cash was missing. He then approached police to lodge a complaint. A police officer said that incident happened at the ATM of a government bank near Kaushalya Park in Hauz Khas.
Mahajan told the police: “I had withdrawn Rs 40,000 from the bank using a cheque. I wanted to withdraw another Rs 10,000 from the ATM. However, when I entered the kiosk, I realised that the machine was non-functional,” Mahajan said. He said the women followed him into the kiosk despite his asking them to wait outside. “I didn’t ask them again as there was no one else there and I feared they might level baseless allegations against me if I got into an argument with them,” he said. When he realised that the ATM was out of cash and turned to leave, one of the women distracted him with a question. The other quietly slipped her hand into his pocket and pulled out the cash. “It was my pension with which I run my household. I stay with my wife and desperately need the money,” Mahajan said. A case of theft has been lodged at Hauz Khas police station. Police are scanning CCTV footage for clues.
Heavy Afternoon Spell Floods Pune again
Pune: Post-afternoon heavy rain and thunder battered the city on Friday, reviving the traumatic memories of the September 25 deluge. Several roads and localities were again flooded on Friday evening. Traffic crawled on flooded streets as the Met department recorded 43mm rainfall in Shivajinagar and 34mm showers in Lohegaon from 2.30pm to 5.30pm on Friday. Pashan was wetter with 53mm rainfall in the same period. The fire brigade said 12 incidents of tree felling were recorded in the city during the rain. Three to four incidents of flooding of housing societies and roads were also reported. An IMD official said the increased heat and moisture triggered convective conditions in the city on Friday, prompting the heavy rain spell. He also said there had been a massive incursion of moisture in the southern peninsula till Maharashtra.
The Met department said the city would get moderate rainfall (55.6mm to 64.4mm) associated with thundery activity till October 10. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) officials told the civic body to be ready for intense rainy spells lasting 30 minutes to an hour in the next few days. Other districts in western Maharashtra such as Sangli, Satara and Kolhapur, may experience showers till October 10. The Vidarbha region would not get rain in this period. Anupam Kashyapi, head of the IMD Pune’s forecast division, said, “Saturday onwards, the rainfall will intensify across the state. It would mainly occur in evening hours with thundery activity. It would be a challenge for people and civic authorities”.
3 Burglars Flee with Rs.57L from House
Bengaluru: Three burglars, including a woman, broke into a brick kiln owner’s house at Byagadadenahalli village near Anekal on Tuesday and fled with valuables, including over 1kg gold. CCTV footage showed the trio was inside Manjunath Reddy’s empty residence from 7pm to 8.10pm. Manjunath said the burglars took away gold ornaments weighing 1,250gm worth Rs 45 lakh, Rs 12 lakh in cash, including Rs 50,000 from the cash box of his two children. CCTV camera footage showed two men and a woman entered the house from the back door. The gang had come in a red car. Police said Manjunath had left for his factory at 8am, while his wife Manasa, father Shyama Reddy and mother Kanthamma left the residence two hours later to buy clothes and festival items. The family returned home at 9.15pm and found a safe on the ground and open cupboards in the rooms.