Police bust inter-state gang of cyber criminals near Jamshedpur, two arrested

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Jamshedpur, Sept. 19: The police have busted an inter-state gang of cyber criminals by arresting two  criminals in Gamharia police station area in Seraikela-Kharsawan district on Saturday. The arrested criminals were involved in taking away cash from an ATM after tampering the machines.  Moreover, these criminals would target those ATMs where no security personnel.

Those arrested were identified as Niranjan Kumar Nirala (32), a resident of Sirsia in Giridih district and Ravi Ranjan Kumar (26), a resident of Jamuar in Gaya district of Bihar.

Apart from these two, there were two more criminals, who were identified as Laltu Kumar and Bipin Kumar, both residents of Gaya.  Both Laltu and Bipin managed to escape.

From those arrested, the police have recovered four cloned ATMs, five ATMs of various banks and four smartphones beside a car.

Seraikela-Kharsawan superintendent of police Mohammed Arshi said that on July 27,  Sandeep Kumar who works as a vigilance officer in the Ujjivan Small Finance bank had lodged an FIR with the Adityapur police station about illegal withdrawal of Rs 5,000 from the Ujjivan Small Finance bank’s ATM in Adityapur.

“We obtained footage of the CCTV camera installed at the said ATM.  In the footage, the investigating police officials found three persons were taking out cash by using forceps in the ATM.  Soon after this the police alerted the Adityapur and Gamharia thana officials to keep a look on those three criminals” Arshi said.

A police official said that cybercrime cases are also on the rise. He pointed out that people should be aware of the recruitment processes of major companies in order to avoid being duped. They should also come forward to prefer a complaint rather than withdrawing into a shell and being secretive about the whole incident. Their complaints will help save other people from becoming victims, he added.

The crime has shot up this year, going by the increasing number of petitions and complaints that the police are receiving.  The latest trend in cybercrime is that of sending e-mails announcing, attractive prizes, job offers i.e., appointment letters from reputed companies wherein the prospective candidates are asked to respond to the mail for a job in upcountry destinations with reputed corporates. Jamshedpur is one of the most vulnerable cities in the country as people here are generally ignorant. Police must take steps to spread awareness and also tighten noose around those involved.

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