Tripura Forms Judicial Panel After Turkish ATM Skimmer Escapes from Custody

Agartala: The Tripura government has formed a two-member judicial inquiry committee to probe into the escape of undertrial Turkish prisoner Hakan Zanburkan from custody. The infamous skimmer was arrested in connection with ATM card cloning and skimming cases in 2019. 

According to reports, Law Minister Ratan Lal Nath said a judicial probe panel was formed to investigate the issue and ascertain how an undertrial criminal could escape from Govind Ballabh Pant (GBP) Hospital where he was undergoing treatment.  He was arrested from Belgharia in West Bengal and had been in judicial custody since then. Apart from him, another Turkish national – Fettah Aldemir, and two Bangladeshi nationals, identified as Mohammed Hannan and Mohammed and Rafiqul Islam were arrested. 

According to the police, the Turkish nationals, with the help of the Bangladeshi collaborators, had taken out lakhs of rupees from ATMs using ATM-cloning devices in Guwahati, Kolkata, and Agartala in 2019. According to the police, over 80 clients of different banks in Tripura, mostly of the State Bank of India (SBI), had in November 2019 lost lakhs of rupees due to the fraudulent acts of the cybercriminals. According to a cyber-technology expert, the ATM-card cloning system comprises a spy camera, a memory card, and a small data device to gather account details of bank customers.


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