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Tripura police on Tuesday grilled two Turkish and two Bangladeshi nationals in Agartala in ATM hacking case.

They were arrested in West Bengal in November for stealing huge amounts of cash from ATMs by cloning devices installed in Agartala.

The State Bank of India (SBI), however, started refunding around Rs 50 lakh to their 80 customers, whose money was looted by ATM hackers.

A police official said with the help of West Bengal’s Barrackpore police, the four foreign cyber criminals — Hakan Zanburkan, Fettah Aldemir (both Turkish nationals) and Mohammad Hannan, Mohammad Rafiqul Islam (Bangladeshi nationals) – were brought here on Wednesday.

They were produced before the CJM’s court in Agartala on Thursday.

The Court sent the four cyber criminals to police custody.

Police said the Turkish nationals with the help of the Bangladeshi collaborators had taken out lakhs of rupees through the ATM-cloning devices in Guwahati in August.

According to the police, around 80 bank customers of different banks mostly SBI in November last year had lost lakhs of rupees due to the fraudulent acts of the cyber criminals and ATM hackers.

SBI’s Regional Manager Dibyendu Chowdhury said they have received complaints from around 80 customers that they lost their money due to the ATM hacking.


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