Police arrest two Europeans for rigging ATMs

Two European nationals have been arrested for allegedly compromising the security of five ATMs in Bangaluru on Wednesday. According to CBI sources, they planted skimmers which are used to store card details.

“The duo brought sophisticated equipment and planted it in ATMs to gather data of as many ATM users as possible to later monetize it,” CID Director General H C Kishore Chandra said.

The accused, identified as Dan Sabin Cristian, 40 from Rome and Mare Janos, 44 from Ciorbalina who arrived in India on a tourist visa have confessed to being a part of a large gang in Europe. The both of them were earlier caught in Jamaica for a similar issue.

The cash loading staff of Kodak Mahindra bank had noticed a suspicious device inside the ATM. The bank officials did not delay in lodging a complaint with the Police. Police took immediate action and laid a trap for the thieves. As fate had it, both of them were caught retrieving a skimmer from a machine and were arrested.

The CBI has advised every customer who used the specified ATMs to draw money to change their passwords. The banks have also extended helping hands in order to safeguard the security of the customers.

“Security of customer information is of paramount importance to Citi. To the best of our understanding, there has been no compromise of any customer data due to this fraudulent activity as on date, and we shall continue to take all possible steps to safeguard our customers’ interests. We are monitoring the situation and cooperating with the law enforcement agency,” a Citibank spokesperson said.


TOI, The Indian Express

Passenger offloaded for creating nuisance

A man was thrown out of a Goa-bound SpiceJet aircraft after he took out a kitchen knife from his hand baggage and started brandishing it in front of his fellow passengers. According to the accused, it was a deliberate act in order to expose the lenient security in the Indian airports.

A SpiceJet spokesperson confirmed the incident saying, “ A passenger on board SpiceJet flight SG 144 from Delhi to Goa on Thursday reported to the cabin crew that he had a kitchen knife in his hand baggage. The aircraft was at that point still on the ground.The SpiceJet staff immediately brought the matter to the attention of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF).”

The passenger who had already created a chaos was immediately offloaded owing to the security concerns and taken in for necessary interrogation.

“The passenger was offloaded and handed over to the airport police. The flight was released after all necessary checks as per regulatory guidelines. At SpiceJet, the safety and security of its passengers, crew, and aircraft are of utmost importance.” said the spokesperson.

The passenger was later released and the aircraft took off as scheduled.


The Economic Times, India Today


Taxi driver arrested for rape near Red Fort

A 30-year-old cab driver has been arrested for allegedly molesting a 23-year old woman in a secluded area near Red Fort.

The driver identified as Chunnu Mehto misled the woman by saying that the train for Ludhiana she wanted to catch had been canceled. The victim initially refused to believe him and rejected his offer of giving her a ride to Kashmere Gate ISBT from where she could catch a bus to Ludhiana. 

“She said she bought a general ticket for Ludhiana. The train was scheduled to leave at 4.30 am on September 12. She was sitting in the waiting room when the cab driver, who introduced himself as Chunnu, came and sat with her,” said DCP (North) Jatin Narwal.

The incident happened on Tuesday when the victim was sitting in the waiting room of New Delhi railway station as she had a train to board at 4.30 AM. 

Police were immediately informed about the incident despite repeated threats from Chunnu who said he would call his friends to gang rape her if she disclosed anything or did not comply with his demands. The accused was arrested within two days after the complaint had been lodged.


TOI, The Indian Express

Indian doctor stabbed to death in Kansas

An Indian origin doctor has been brutally killed by a 21-year-old also an Indian origin man at his clinic on Wednesday. The accused man has been arrested.

57-year-old psychiatrist, Achutha Reddy hailing from Telangana was stabbed to death by one of his patients, Umar Rashid Dutt. Police don’t suspect it to be a hate crime.

“During the investigation, we learned that the 21-year- old suspect was a client of Dr Reddy and had been at the office. The suspect was in the business for a short time. He left and then later came back with Dr Reddy and they went into an office there,” said Lt Todd Ojile, section commander of the homicide division at the Wichita Police Department.

Reddy’s wounded body was found near the Holistic Psychiatric Services building on Carriage Parkway. According to reports, his body had been repeatedly stabbed following a conversation.

Dutt was nabbed after a security guard at a country club reported that a suspicious man is sitting in a car with bloodstained clothes.

This is the second such incident in Kansas this year. The first murder was of Srinivas Kuchibotla again from Telangana who was killed in February by a man who shouted: “Get out of my country” before shooting him.


NDTV, Hindustan Times

PMC decides to clear waste

Pune Municipal Corporation has decided to intervene and off load a large heap of construction materials dumped on the footpath near Brihan Maharashtra College of Commerce (BMCC). It came as a major relief to pedestrians who traverse in Agharkar Road in Deccan. 

Pune Mirror had reported on September about the filthy condition the pavement is in and the problems which people are facing as a result of that. They attributed to the construction of new buildings and business establishments as the main reason why waste was hugely dumped in that area.

Ravi Pawar, the assistant commissioner of Ghole Road ward office, said, “The construction material was dumped by nearby business establishments without PMC permission. I ordered my ward officials to visit the spot and clear the pavement for walking. The person responsible agreed that it was an illegal act of dumping when we spoke to him. The heaps were cleared immediately, so we will avoid action.”

There are reports about the waste being lying over there for the past couple of days as a result of which the pedestrians had to divert from their usual way and take to another path which already has a number of bikes and bicycles parked. This mainly happened due to the rubbish lying near Symbiosis College Chowk.

Even though people are relieved about the fact that PMC has taken the matter seriously but they are irked by the delay in handling it.

“PMC finally stepped in and got the debris cleared soon, heralding good news for us. But, it should be more vigilant about similar incidents and do such work before it is reported by the media and shames officials,” said Student Utkarsh Panpule. 


Pune to go dry on Thursday

Some of the significant commercially as well as residentially areas in Pune will face water supply problem on Thursdayas Pune Municipal Corporation has panned to carry out repair work in the water work stations. According to a press release issued by the civic body, water supply will continue to start at a low pressure from Friday morning. The press release has also stated the names of the areas which will be affected the most. 

The areas under Under Warje/SNDT water works are Bhusari Colony, Shastrinagar, Bavdhan, Bhugaon Road, Sus Road, Baner, Balewadi, Pashan, Warje, Karvenagar, Erandwane, Sutardara, Dahanukar Colony, Gandhi Bhavan, Model Colony, Law College Road, Gokhalenagar, Bhosalenagar, Aundh, Bopodi and Khadki.

Under Wadgaon water works the areas which will be affected are Sinhagad Road, Hingne, Wadgaon, Dhayari, Dhankawdi, Katraj, Aanandnagar, Ambegaon Pathar and Santoshnagar.Under Parvati water works: Peth areas, Dattawadi, Rajendranagar, Lokmanyanagar, Swargate, Parvati Darshan, Mukundnagar, Parvati village, Sahakarnagar, Bibvewadi and Taljai.

Finally, under Cantonment water works Pune Cantonment, Pune station, Koregaon Park, Tadiwala Road will be affected. 

Sources: TOI, Nyooz.com

Accused decide to move to SC

The appalling murder of an eight-year-old in Gurugram is getting more and murkier. After being denied by the lawyers of the district courts to defend his case, the accused has decided to move to the Supreme Court. 

Pradyuman Thakur, a student of class 2 was found dead inside his school washroom in a pool of blood with his throat slit last Friday. The post-mortem report has ruled out that the child suffered a sexual assault before he died. The prime accused bus conductor was arrested by Gurgaon Police along with two Ryan school officials. The school stands in solidarity behind the accused.

The issue took a dramatic turn with lawyers made to stop physically from appearing in the court stating this as an attempt to establish justice.

On the other hand, the school has fired all the eight security guards within five days of the murder. One of the security guards according to indiatoday.in has claimed that after the child was murder, the blood stains in the crime scene was wiped off.

“I was on the generator room duty on that day. I heard commotion in the morning and hear people shouting that a child has been injured. When I went near the washroom they had already taken the child to the hospital. I saw blood stains on the floor. Somebody had tried to mop the floor,” said Vimal, a former security guard at Ryan International School.


India Today, HT