Agartala: Six months after escaping from a hospital while undergoing  treatment, an undertrial Turkish national, accused of ATM fraud in 2019, was arrested by police in neighbouring Bangladesh.

Hakan Zanburkan, a Turkish national involved in ATM fraud in different states of India, was caught by police in Bangladesh along with one more member of an international syndicate involved in ATM fraud after several attempts to withdraw money from various ATM booths in Dhaka. 

The Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of the police arrested Hakan Zanburkan and Mohammad Mofiul Islam on Tuesday on charges of ATM card fraud from Gulshan-1 area in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh.

Dhaka Metropolitan Police CTTC Additional Commissioner of Police Mohammad Asaduzzaman said Hakan Zanburkan, a Turkish national, was one of the members of the international ATM card cloning and scamming syndicate.

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He visited various ATM booths of Eastern Bank Limited between January 2 to 4 and tried to withdraw money 84 times using multiple clone cards from different countries. However, the bank’s use of anti-scamming technology led to the alarm system being able to detect the matter and prevent scams.

Mohammad Asaduzzaman further said that a total of 16 cards including five mobile phones of different models, a laptop and 15 clone cards were recovered from the two accused.

Incidentally, Hakan Zanburkan was the main accused in the ATM fraud case in Agartala. He escaped from a police cordon while being treated at GBP Hospital on July 09 last year.

According to Bangladesh police, Hakan Zanburkan escaped from Agartala and reached Nepal via Sikkim. From there he returned to Turkey with travel documents and obtained a new passport.

He said a case has been filed against the two under the Digital Security Act at Dhaka’s Paltan Police Station.

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