The three  accused had arrived in Imphal from Delhi on Feb 26

Imphal: The cyber crime unit of Manipur police on Thursday arrested three persons in connection with their alleged involvement in an ATM skimming case in Imphal.

Speaking to media persons on Friday, CID SP (crime branch) Joyce Lalremmaw informed that due to quick thinking and alertness of a customer Sagolsem Johnson, after he sensed something suspicious at an ATM booth located on Sega Road in Thouda Bhabok Leikai in Imphal, led to the arrest of fraudsters. They were later handed over to the cyber crime unit.

The incident happened around 4 pm on February 27 when Johnson was offered assistance by two people for an ATM PIN generation. Believing them at first, Johnson handed over his ATM card to them. However, he noticed them typing his ATM PIN while inserting their ATM card. One of the associates fled from the ATM booth while Johnson was engaged in conversation with the other person.

As per officials, the other person also tried to escape from the scene but he was nabbed with the help of local residents after chasing him for a while.

During interrogation, the accused Sanjay revealed that the three of them had arrived in Imphal on February 26 from Delhi and were staying at a hotel in MG Avenue. Sanjay also claimed that he had thrown away the Bluetooth card reader used in skimming while fleeing along Sega Road.

Various articles, including mobile phones and ATM cards, were found from the possession of the accused

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The police have urged the public to hand over the object to the police if found, as it may have vital evidence embedded in the device.

The Bluetooth card reader used by the accused for ATM skimming

In the same evening, a team of police arrested the remaining two when they tried to flee from the state.

The arrested accused have been identified as Krishna Rana, 29, of Bhiwani, Haryana, Ashok Kumar, 38 and Sanjay Kumar, 35, both from Delhi’s Sultanpuri.

An FIR has been registered against them at Cyber Crime Police Station in Imphal for further investigation.

Altogether, as many as 18 ATM skimming complaints have been reported to the police this year, the police said.

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