ATM theft: 4 persons arrested, poilce says ‘gang’ busted

Srinagar: Police today claimed to have made several arrests in ATM theft case—the ATM that was stolen along with cash at Karan Nagar in February along with cash.

On 06-02-2018 a complaint was received by Police Station Karan Nagar from branch manager SBI Gole Market Karan Nagar alleging therein that one ATM machine of SBI Bank installed by SBI Authority at Gole market Karan Nagar has been stolen along with cash during the intervening night of 05/06-02-2018, police said.

The ATM machine along with cash amounting to Rs 23,34,500/= (Twenty three lacs, thirty four thousand & five hundred rupees)  were stolen the complaint stated.

On this a case FIR No. 06/2018 under section 457, 380 RPC was registered in Police Station Karan Nagar and investigation was taken up.

Accordingly, a team headed by SDPO Shaheed Gunj Imran Malik and SHO Police Station Karan Nagar inspector Museer Asgar was constituted to investigate the case.

During the course of investigation, police busted the gang of ATM machine thieves from Srinagar. So far 04 accused involved in the case namely:

“Junaid Bashir Bhat S/o Bashir Ahmad Bhat R/o Noonmai Yaripora Kulgam, Umer Sadeeq Ganie S/o Mohammad Sadeeq Ganie R/o Muttibug Yaripora,  Junaid Bashir Bhat, S/o  Bashir Ahmad Bhat R/o Muttibug Yaripora and Zahid Ahmad Shah S/o Abdul Gani Shah R/o Ranipora Shopian have been arrested in the case and on their disclosure 02 vehicles Tavera bearing Registration No. JK13B-8950 & vehicle I-20 which were utilized for the theft of ATM machine by the said accused persons were seized,” police statement said.

Further more arrests and recoveries are expected. Important to mention here is that, it is a gang which has been orchestrating organized crime of ATM looting in many parts of the valley including Srinagar city. Their involvement in similar thefts of ATMs is suspected and being investigated. 

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