A 25-year-old man was arrested on Sunday for allegedly tampering with an ATM machine in Khan Market. Police said the accused has been identified as Azarhuddin, a migrant from Gaya, Bihar.
According to police, they had received a complaint from Bank of India that their ATM kiosk in Khan Market was being tampered with. Tughlak Road police then analysed CCTV footage.
They then discovered the accused’s modus operandi — Azarhuddin would first enter the kiosk and pour “feviquik” on the ‘CANCEL’ button.
“Once the customer withdrew the money, he would press the ‘CANCEL’ button to say no to other offers. However, the button did not work due to the glue. The customer would then leave without ‘cancelling’ the proceeding. Once the customer left, Azarhuddin would quickly enter and clean away the adhesive. Since the transaction would still be in process, he would go back to the ‘withdraw’ option and enter an amount. However, he was unsuccessful in actually withdrawing any money. Bank officials said he had tampered with the same ATM at least 3 times earlier,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) Vijay Singh said.
Police said they circulated the photograph of the suspect to all guards at ATM kiosks and parking attendants. Beat policemen in Khan Market area were also instructed to keep a lookout for the accused.
On Sunday, around 2.30 pm, Azarhuddin entered a kiosk and tried pouring the glue over the ATM buttons. The ATM guard caught him in the act and alerted police who apprehended the accused. “Azarhuddin said he was unemployed ever since he came to Delhi a year ago in search of a job. So he had taken to committing petty crimes to earn easy money,” a senior police officer said.