Woman nabs conman at ATM where she was cheated
We have seen in Hindi movies or read in crime novels of a woman nabbing a conman who cheated her by withdrawing money using her ATM card. But, an incident which has come to light is not some fictional story, as this actually happened in Bandra. On Wednesday, a 35-year-old Rehana Shaikh caught the accused at the same ATM where he cheated her.
The story backdates to December 18, when Shaikh alighted from the train to go to her office at Pali Hill. As she wanted to withdraw money, she went to a nearby ATM adjoining Bandra station and tried withdrawing money. However, due to some technical glitch, she was unable to withdraw money. Meanwhile, the accused who was standing outside the ATM offered to help Shaikh. Eventually, she could not get the money out. However, the accused had by then got all the details of the woman’s debit card.
By the time she reached the office, Shaikh received a message that ₹10,000 has been withdrawn from her account.
An officer from Bandra police station said that Shaikh, who is a Wadala resident, kept going to the same ATM for around 17 days and waited for the man to cross the area, either near the ATM or the station. He further added that whenever she used to go to the station, she would wait outside the ATM to catch him.
Finally, on January 4, she noticed the man outside the same ATM and she caught him. Upon investigation, police found out that the accused, Bhupendra Mishra, is a habitual offender and has seven cases registered against him at various police stations across the city. Police then arrested him for conning people at ATMs.
Sanjay M Bhaire
(The author is Editor-In-Chief, Across State-Across Mumbai News)
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