QKolkata: Locality Loses Rs 5 L to ATM Fraud; Teacher Shot at

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Published03 Dec 2019, 02:44 AM IST
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1. 22 From Same City Locality Lose Over Rs 5 L to ATM Fraud in a Day

At least 22 people, all staying within a two-kilometre stretch in Jadavpur, lost more than Rs 5 lakh in less than 28 hours over Sunday and Monday, 2 December, as fraudsters used multiple ATMs to empty bank accounts of money within hours of salaries and pensions being deposited at the start of the month.

Cops identified at least two ATMs on the Sukanta Setu-Sulekha stretch in Jadavpur and skimming machines as the possible tools used for the fraud and said the method was eerily reminiscent of another “Black Sunday”, 29 August 2018, when more than 50 people lost over Rs 20 lakh.

Cops pegged this Sunday’s loss at Rs 5.5 lakh but also added that more cases could come to light and the lost amount was likely to rise. The first of the recorded cases occurred around 7 am on Sunday and the last to be registered till now occurred around 10:45 am on Monday. All the money lost were withdrawn from two ATMs located in south Delhi’s Hauz Khas, almost a carbon copy of what a Romanian gang did to 50-plus south Kolkata residents last year.

(Source: The Times of India)

2. Schoolteacher Shot at in Metiabruz

30-year-old man, who teaches at a school in the port division and was walking to work on Garden Reach Road, was shot at by a biker not far from Metiabruz police station on Monday morning, 2 December.

Bir Bahadur Singh, a resident of the Lichu Bagan area in Metiabruz, took a bullet from close range and had fallen on Garden Reach Road. The congested pocket is lined with shops and residences. People in the neighbourhood said the motorbike-borne man was without a helmet.

“None of us could identify the biker, who fled after opening fire,” said a shopkeeper in front of whose shop the incident happened.

Singh was taken to SSKM Hospital. From the hospital bed, Singh alleged that a local Trinamul Congress leader had masterminded the attack.

(Source: The Telegraph)

3. Mamata to Visit 3 Seats for Thanking Voters

Mamata Banerjee on Monday, 2 December, said she would attend “thanksgiving” programmes in Kharagpur Sadar, Karimpur and Kaliaganj Assembly seats which were won by the Trinamul Congress in the recent bypolls.

The chief minister said she would first visit Kharagpur on 9 December, which Trinamul’s Pradip Sarkar had wrested from the BJP.

The Trinamul Congress chief, who bumped into Sarkar on the Assembly premises on Monday, lavished praise on him for the victory and urged him to work hard for the welfare of the constituency and its people.

“Very well done, very good…. We are all very pleased with this…. You have done very well (to win), now, it is time to pull out all stops and work for the people,” the chief minister told Sarkar, who defeated the BJP’s Prem Chandra Jha by 20,583 votes.

(Source: The Telegraph)

4. BSF Flags Rohingya Infiltration Worry, 72 Nabbed in 12 Months

Rohingyas are continuing their attempt to cross over into India from Bangladesh. The South Bengal Frontier of the Border Security Force (BSF) released figures on Sunday that reveal how 72 Rohingyas were apprehended along the Indo-Bangladesh border over the last 12 months (1 December 2018 – 30 November 2019).

The South Bengal Frontier is only in charge of about 1,000 km of Bangladesh’s 2,216.7 km border with West Bengal. The remaining stretch is under the charge of the North Bengal Frontier.

“Nobody can claim that we have succeeded in apprehending all foreigners who attempted to sneak into India illegally. Of the 1,988 foreigners apprehended over the last 12 months, most were Bangladeshis. There were 72 Rohingyas, four Nigerians and one Ghanaian as well... The capability of our troops are also stretched to the limits,” an official of the South Bengal Frontier said.

(Source: The Times of India)

5. Rs 5 L Diamond Ring Recovered in 6-Hour Op

A golden ring fitted with solitaire, bought several years back by a Dover Lane family as a gift from an elderly woman to her daughter-in-law, was stolen by a help during a family gathering on Sunday evening. In the next six hours, the Gariahat police almost worked from scratch to solve the case and recover the ring, which is valued more than Rs 5 lakh.

“It was around 7pm on Sunday when Anjali Mehra Saha, a resident of Dover Lane and owner of a saree shop at Gariahat, reported that her ring was missing from her residence. Primary examination revealed Saha was hosting a family get together at her Dover Lane residence on Sunday morning where several of her family members turned up. This included her father Surya Kanta Mehra (67). Further investigation revealed her father had brought over a few people to help out, including his help,” said DC (SED) Ajoy Prasad.

(Source: The Times of India)

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