ATM hacking: Assam police issue look-out notice against two Turkish hackers

Published on Monday, 18 November 2019 23:13
Written by Our Correspondant
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Agartala, Nov 18,2019:What Tripura Police could not do about the recent ATM hacking but  the Assam Police Guwahati has issued look-out notice with photos and other personal details  against two Turkese ATM fraudsters  who hacked many ATMs in Mumbai, Delhi, Guwahati, Calcutta and 4 in Agartala over the past few months.

Jayanta Singh (IPS), deputy commissioner of police (crime) in Guwahati issued the notice with photographs of the two Turkese ATM fraudsters identified as Hakan Zaburkan and Fettah Aldemir who already have altogether 46 cases registered against them.

In the notice DCP (crime), Guwahati, said that criminal cases under sections 420 and 379 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) had been registered against the two fraudsters with the Paltan Bazar police station of Guwahati  on August 28 this year. But the two hackers whose photographs were captured in CC TV cameras continued their looting spree with the help of skimmers fitted on ATM machines to capture details of debit cards of bank customers.

Till yesterday 26 ATM accounts belonging to customers of state bank of India (SBI), Tripura Gramin Bank (TGB) and state co-operative banks. The DCP (crime) Guwahati Jayanta Singh has also given two telephone numbers-8474077791 and (0361) 273-0056- requesting people to inform them in case the two fraudsters are seen anywhere.

On the other hand Tripura police has done next to nothing to detect criminals involved in ATM hacking . Apart from the fact that the so-called cyber cell of police, led mostly by technically ignorant people , has cut a sorry figure, at the police station level junior officers always try to avoid taking proper steps to register even FIRs.

Even when people go with written complaints the junior officers at the police station level find fault with them and ask people to have the FIR redrafted whereas they are supposed to register FIR even by telephone or E-mail.

 Many bank customers who lost money due to ATM hacking have complained of police inaction and consistent attempts to shirk responsibility. Even though a few days have passed since the ATM loot came to light state police is yet to issue any advisory on the matter.

 People who lost money also complaint that since Guwahati police had registerd FIR against the two culprits on August 28 , they must have informed the state police also but no initiative has been taken by state police to alert people or act against the culprits.