Indore: A mastermind of an international gang involved in debit card cloning was arrested on Friday by city crime branch police following the lead given Kolkata police. His friend was detained by police in similar connection. So far, the gang duped over 4000 people living in Kolkata, Delhi and Hyderabad of crores of rupees. However, no case of such fraud by accused was reported in MP. The youths were handed over to Kolkata police for further investigation.
Deputy Inspector General of Police Harinarayanachari Mishra received information from a senior police official of Kolkata that an international racket involved in stealing bank account details of people and duping them after cloning their debit cards, is active in India and a member of gang is going to Mumbai from Lucknow via Indore. He informed that one of their accomplices was arrested from Nepal border and had given information about the member.
After receiving information, DIG Mishra instructed SP (west) Siddharth Bahuguna and Additional Superintendent of Police (crime) Amarendra Singh to trace details of accused and cordon off the highway. As a result, policemen from more than six police stations and crime branch were deployed between Kshipra and Manpur to arrest the accused. The toll plaza employees were also alerted.
A team deployed in Manpur saw a SUV and stopped it. Driver was taking two foreigners to Mumbai. Driver informed the police team that his vehicle is for travel purpose and he is taking the persons to Mumbai from Lucknow. The police had received the photo of a suspect, which matched.
The suspects who were taken to police station were identified as Andrian and Constantian, residents of Romania. Kolkata police was looking for Andrian. Andrian told police that Constantian is his friend and he is not associated with gang. They are staying in Hauz Khas in New Delhi. The senior police officials of Kolkata claimed that Andrian is the gang’s mastermind.
Kolkata police also alerted airports in country to nab Andrian. The racket used to steal over Rs 70 lakh from ATMs per day. During investigation by crime branch, it was revealed that money was stolen from ATM booths between 11.55 pm and 12.05 am using cloned cards.