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- The Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime Unit of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police on Tuesday apprehended Turkish national Hakan Zanburkan in Bangladesh. Govind Ballabh Pant (GBP) Hospital, Agartala and Agartala Government Medical College (AGMC) were able to eject the captive from Hakan with the help of the local people of Tripura.
- Several other members of an international ATM card cloning syndicate were also arrested alongside him in Bangladesh on Thursday, according to an Agartala police officer. AGMC and GBP hospitals in Agartala had allowed inmate Hakan to escape through a window during a health check-up despite security lapses existing.
- Several hundred Indian bank accounts were hacked, including the cloning of bank cards of around 60 SBI customers in Tripura, which led to Zanburkan’s arrest in November 2019 in Belgharia, a suburb of Calcutta.
- The other two suspects are Turkish and Bangladeshi nationals. In response to a report of large-scale hacking of bank accounts in Tripura, the crime branch of the Assam Police has issued a caution notice against Zanburkan. A team of Indian Cyber Police arrested four hackers in six Indian cities, including Agartala, responsible for stealing money from ATM accounts of individuals.
- These hackers allegedly withdrew millions of rupees from 1,788 bank accounts across the country. Compromising the security of different banks, around Rs 1.19 crore was looted from account holders in Tripura in two days.
- Later in 2020, they were brought to Agartala 2020 and put in jail. In addition to the 17 clone cards seized, five mobile phones and a laptop were seized. The suspects were caught trying to withdraw money at least 84 times from the stands of Bangladesh’s Eastern Bank Ltd by cloning the credit cards of foreigners from 40 countries, including Australia, New -Zealand, United States, India, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Austria. , Germany, Vietnam, United Kingdom, Canada, Bolivia, Spain, Finland and Norway from January 2 to 4.
- Through Sikkim, Zanburkan escaped from Tripura with the help of an Indian. After collecting his travel documents, he returned to Turkey in September last year. He had visited Dhaka on December 31, 2022 and stayed at a hotel in Gulshan area of Dhaka, from where he was arrested by the Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime Unit of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police .
- Dr BK Kilikdar and retired Tripura High Court judge Justice SC Das headed the inquiry committee probing the Zanburkan escape. 10 people are being questioned by the Tripura police in connection with this case. Sukhen Bhowmik and Badal Banik were arrested after being questioned by the police. Later, police also arrested Sumit Banik, Omar Sharif, Fata Al Demir, Mohammad Hannan, Rakibul Islam, Swarna Kumar Tripura and Mithun Bhowmik. Besides Mithun, the other six accused are in a correctional facility.