Jammu and Kashmir Police on Saturday claimed to have arrested four persons allegedly involved in looting over Rs 23 lakh from an ATM at Gole Market Karan Nagar.
The police spokesman in a statement said on February 06, 2018 a complaint was received by Police Station Karan Nagar from branch manager SBI Gole Market Karan Nagar alleging therein that one ATM machine of SBI Bank installed by SBI Authority at Gole market Karan Nagar has been stolen along with cash during the intervening night of February 05 and 06,2018.
The spokesman said that ATM machine along with cash amounting to Rs 23,34,500/= (Twenty three lacs, thirty-four thousand & five hundred rupees) was stolen the complaint stated.
On this a case FIR No. 06/2018 under section 457, 380 RPC was registered in Police Station Karan Nagar and an investigation was taken up.
Accordingly, a team headed by SDPO Shaheed Gunj Imran Malik & SHO Police Station Karan Nagar inspector Museer Asgar was constituted to investigate the case.
During the course of an investigation, police busted the gang of ATM machine thieves from Srinagar. So far 04 accused involved in the case namely:Junaid Bashir Bhat son of Bashir Ahmad Bhat R/o Noonmai Yaripora Kulgam, Umer Sadeeq Ganie son of Mohammad Sadeeq Ganie resident of Muttibug Yaripora, Junaid Bashir Bhat son of Bashir Ahmad Bhat resident of Muttibug Yaripora and Zahid Ahmad Shah son of Abdul Gani Shah resident of Ranipora Shopian have been arrested in the case and on their disclosure 02 vehicles Tavera bearing Registration No. JK13B-8950 & vehicle I-20 which were utilized for the theft of ATM machine by the said accused persons were seized, the spokesman said.
Furthermore, arrests and recoveries are expected. Important to mention here is that it is a gang which has been orchestrating organized crime of ATM looting in many parts of the valley including Srinagar city. Their involvement in similar thefts of ATMs is suspected and being investigated.