North India-based ATM gang busted by Telangana police targeted southern states, police

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The gang used to use gas cutters to cut open the shutters of the kiosks and the ATM vaults and steal money.

The ATM gang busted by the Telangana police on Friday was active in several states in North India, according to police.

Six members of the gang hailing Haryana and Uttar Pradesh landed in the police net in the course of investigation into the looting of Rs.41.07 lakhs from an SBI ATM at Jadcherla. The Mahbubnagar police seized Rs.12.07 lakh from their possession.  

Mahbubnagar superintendent of police Rema Rajeshwari said that the gang had on September 29 looted an ATM at Signal Gadda under Badhepally branch. The gang took just seven minutes to cut upon the Jadcherla ATM and decamp with the booty, she was quoted by Deccan Chronicle as saying.

The SP said that the gang was wanted in connection with similar ATM lootings in Delhi, Maharashtra, Haryana, and Hyderabad. The accused were involved in 57 crimes across the country and was known to have opened fire against the police on previous occasions.

The accused had sought the help of driver from Talabkatta near Charminar to undertake the operation. He had arranged for travel and the tools to cut open the ATM. Rajeshwari said Rahman helped the gang conduct a recce at ATMs in Mahbubnagar, Kothakota and Jadcherla.

The gang used to use gas cutters to cut open the shutters of the kiosks and the ATM vaults and steal money. The gang flies into the targeted area, and drives to the ATMs in cars. They get information of ATMs from local criminals who also help them acquire equipment like gas cutters.

The SP said the gang goes to the ATMs wearing masks, and breaks the CCTV cameras to avoid being identified. Police said that the gang had plans to loot ATMS across south India. One of the gang member is absconding and the search for him is on.

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