Police cracks ATM theft case in Pulwama

PULWAMA — In a significant breakthrough, the police in Pulwama successfully solved an ATM theft case by apprehending three accused individuals involved in the crime. The residents of Bangladesh were taken into custody, and the stolen property was recovered from their possession.

The incident took place on April 8, 2023, when unidentified burglars stole an ATM machine near Government Degree College Pulwama. In response, the Pulwama Police registered a case (FIR No. 78/2023) under relevant sections of the law at Police Station Pulwama, initiating a thorough investigation.

Acknowledging the severity of the crime, a Special Investigation Team (SIT) was formed under the supervision of SSP Pulwama, headed by Additional SP Pulwama, to expedite the investigation.

Through meticulous examination of digital data evidence and careful scrutiny of circumstantial clues, the police team successfully identified a group of international thieves from Bangladesh, who had previously committed similar crimes. Subsequently, the suspects were apprehended.

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The three accused, including the alleged mastermind, have been identified as Suman Mal, son of Jainal, a resident of Rajapur Police Station Rainda Bangladesh; Farooq Ahmad Ali, son of Ahmad Ali, a resident of Razwair Police Station Rainda, Bangladesh; and Mohd Ibrahim, son of Mohd Muslim, a resident of Bangla Bazar Police Station Sharun Khola Bangladesh.

Police employ a JCB to dig the earth, unearthing the stolen ATM machine
Police employ a JCB to dig the earth, unearthing the stolen ATM machine in the presence of SHO Pulwama and local residents, aiding in the investigation of the Pulwama ATM theft case

During the investigation, the accused individuals confessed to their involvement in the crime. Based on their disclosures, the stolen ATM machine was recovered from an orchard, where it had been concealed in a pit at Dogam Kakapora.

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Further inquiry into the case unveiled that the gang of burglars had committed similar ATM thefts in other locations in previous years. It was also revealed that the gang had commenced its operations in south Kashmir earlier this year, with an ATM theft reported in Pampore.

The investigation into the case is ongoing, and authorities anticipate more arrests in connection with the incident.

The general public has applauded the efforts of the police in cracking this mysterious case. The unwavering actions of the police serve as a reassurance to community members that the authorities are determined to take strict action against individuals involved in any form of criminal activities.

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