After six months, fugitive Turkish ATM hacker nabbed in Dhaka

Agartala, Jan 20, 2022, ENEWSTIME Desk

Dhaka police arrested Turkish fugitive ATM hacker- Hakan Zamburkan, who had escaped from GB Hospital premises in Agartala six months ago - on July 9 last year.


Dhaka Metropolitan Police nabbed the fugitive hacker on Tuesday as he tried to hack ATM in Bangladesh capital in the same manner he had done in Tripura.


Turkish-ATM-hacker-Hakan-ZamburkanUnited News of Bangladesh (UNB) reported that the Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime Unit (CTTC) of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) had arrested two members of an international syndicate of ATM card cloning scams including Zamburkan during a special drive in Gulshan area of Dhaka. 


Earlier, Zamburkan was arrested by Tripura police from Belgharia areas of Kolkata along with three others on November 2019 in connection with ATM hackings in the state.


They had made attempts at least 84 times to withdraw money from various booths of Eastern Bank Ltd through cloning credit cards of foreign citizens of 40 countries, including Australia, New Zealand, USA, India, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Austria, Germany, Vietnam, United Kingdom, Canada, Bolivia, Spain, Finland and Norway from January 2 to January 4 this year, the CTTC unit chief said, according to UNB.


Zamburkan, an undertrial prisoner in Tripura, had managed to give a slip to police in July 2021 while taking treatment at GB Pant Hospital. Since his arrest from Kolkata on November 19, 2019 along with three others in connection with multiple ATM card skimming cases, he was in jail for around twenty months before the escape.


The UNB report mentioned that with the help of an Indian man, Zanburkan had reached Nepal via Sikkim. He then collected travel documents and returned to his home country. The last time Hakan arrived in Bangladesh was on 31st December 2021.


Meanwhile, while Tripura Police had arrested around 11 people, including some undertrial inmates of the central jail, the state government had also formed a panel to probe the sensational escape of the international fraudster. (Courtesy: