City, rural police launch hunt for ATM thieves

City, rural police launch hunt for ATM thieves

The City police are on a high alert following the theft of an automated teller machine containing lakhs of rupees at Chandapura early Wednesday morning.

Investigators are now looking at the possible involvement of gangs from outside the State in both Chandapura and Bagalur cases, where the suspects, they said, had employed similar modus operandi – cover the CCTV cameras, strap a belt around the “mobile” ATMs, drag them out and cart them away in a Tata Sumo car.

Senior police officers handling the Bagalur case said the suspects had used the same Sumo in both heists.

Sources said the City police and the Bangalore Rural police had taken up investigations into the two cases collaboratively, led respectively, by Nagaraj, ASP, Bangalore Rural, and T R Suresh, DCP (North-East).

Another senior officer said the City police had also taken up a survey of all ATMs in Bangalore, besides marking the unguarded kiosks and “mobile” cash-vending machines.

Anticipatory bail

Former Minister Murgesh Nirani was granted anticipatory bail on Thursday by the Special Lokayukta Court.

Nirani along with former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa is facing charges of forging documents to deprive a company of a project allotted to it.

The case was filed by Managing Director of Pash Space International, Alam Pasha, who said the government under Yeddyurappa, after approving a Rs 600-crore proposal for low-cost housing, subsequently withdrew the approval, stating that Pasha had declared he was not interested in the project.

Pasha had alleged that he had never submitted such a letter and it had been forged. The Lokayukta police, after investigation, had submitted a final report to the Court stating that the charges made by the complainant were proved.

Recently Yeddyurappa had approached the High Court and was granted anticipatory bail in the same case.

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