Nagpur: In a sensational incident, a 4th year civil engineering student of a reputed college of engineering in Digdoh hills, identified as Sameer (name changed*) aged 22 years was arrested on the spot while attempting to break open the ATM machines of State Bank of India situated on the approach road of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) at 1:30 am on November 11, 2014.
According to sources in the police, the cops got a tip off that the ATM machine situated on the approach road of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) is being burgled. The in-charge of Social Security Cell of the Crime Branch Police Inspector Bajirao M Powar who was on night round of Zone-1, rushed to the spot. He was careful not to take the jeep close to the ATM. However, the accomplice of the accused who was keeping a watch out for cops, ran away leaving his accomplice to get apprehended. PI Powar took out his service revolver just in case if the accused fired at them with some weapon.
However, when he went inside the half closed shutter of the ATM, he saw that the cover of all the three machines were broken away with the help of a very strong iron rod like crow bar.
The accused claimed that his name was Sameer (name changed*) aged 22 years and that he was a 4th year civil engineering student of a reputed college of engineering in Digdoh hills. He is said to be a resident of Lokmanya Nagar, Police Colony.
According to the accused, he had devised a way of removing the digits where the code is punched. This way, the entire cash can be removed. PI Powar claimed that the accused was equipped with a rucksack, a strong iron rod and a strong plaster or cellophane tape. He claimed that he used to stick the adhesive tape on the digits where the code is punched. Pulling it off removes a very big part of the machine providing a big gap into the machine to put the hand and remove the cash. Unfortunately, the accused had managed to only remove the cover of all the three machines and was just about to remove the tape from one machine.
The accused has been arrested by the MIDC police and after registering cases under relevant sections of IPC are investigating into other possible crimes the accused may have done in the past. API Shivalkar of MIDC Police Station is said to be investigating the case further.
*Note: Nagpur Today chose not to reveal the identity of the college and the student so that his education and career does not suffer.