Agartala, January 12, 2020 (IANS) A man who was arrested by the police on Friday in connection with theft of huge amounts of cash from ATMs using cloning devices in Tripura (in North East) capital Agartala, was found dead in the police lock-up on Sunday forcing the state government to order a magisterial inquiry.
A police official said that Sushanta Ghosh, who was arrested from his house at Lankamura on the outskirts of the city on Friday in connection with ATM hacking, committed suicide at the West Agartala police station after midnight on the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday.
CM orders magisterial inquiry
However, Ghosh’s father Parimal Ghosh in his FIR with the police claimed that his son died following police torture.
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Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, who also holds the Home portfolio, on Sunday said that he has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident.
Two Turkish and two Bangladeshi nationals were arrested at Belgharia (under North 24 Parganas district) in West Bengal in November for stealing huge amounts of cash from ATMs by cloning devices in Agartala.
As per the preliminary probe, the Turkish nationals along with their Bangladeshi collaborators had stolen Rs 50 lakh of around 80 bank customers of different banks mostly State Bank of India in November through ATM cloning devices in Guwahati in August and the same criminals could be involved in the hacking in Agartala.
ATM hacking : Background
According to the police, around 80 bank customers of different banks mostly State Bank of India (SBI) in November last year had lost lakhs of rupees due to the fraudulent acts of the cybercriminals and ATM hackers.
SBI’s Regional Manager Dibyendu Chowdhury said that they have received complaints from around 80 customers that they lost their money due to the ATM hacking.
“We have completed the banking process to refund around Rs 50 lakh to those customers whose money was stolen by the cybercriminals and ATM hackers,” Chowdhury told IANS.