Basking in the glory of the best detection award,the three policemen from the city share their experience of completing their respective award winning operations
Their stories are no less than the stories of high tech detective films. Where one of them deals with decoding magnetic codes the other two involve high-tech gadget. When three policemen from the city completed their respective operations for three different crimes in the city,they hardly reckoned that their names will feature in the list of six police officers from the state,who were given the State Police’s best Detection awards.
The three officers including Assistant Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch) Sangramsingh Nishandar,Police Inspector Sunil Pawar (Crime Branch-Unit 4) and Assistant Police Inspector Nand Kumar Suryavanshi from the Khadaki Police station were felicitated for the various operations they successfully completed.
Sangram Singh received the award for solving a cheating and fraud case registered with Bund Garden police station in June 2008. The case was unusually strange because purchases were made from the credit cards without the users using it. We got a complaint from city banks that customers are losing money without the credit card being used. After talking to the victims we found out that there was one thing that was common and that was the fact they all swapped cards from Le Meridian on a Saturday or a Sunday, says Nishandar. Following the trail Nishandar and team reached Le Meridian and subsequently the team found a cloning machine at the hotel. The waiter of the hotel used to swipe the card on the cloning machine. This way the waiter immediately used to have access to the magnetic data. Then in Mumbai he had ties with a software professional who used to create duplicate cards, elaborates Nishandar. Nishandar succeeded in nabbing the eight accused along with the cashier of Hotel Le Meridian,Pune for cloning credit cards of customers,mostly of international banks. 35 platinum and gold cards of 16 international banks,skimmers and card readers along with some computer equipment totally estimated to be worth around Rs 5.8 lakh were seized, says Nishandar
Police inspector Sunil Pawar from the Crime Branch-Unit 4 was conferred with the award for seizing Munna alias Salim Ali Hussein Kureshi (34) and his four associates,from Mumbai,who were involved in 65 housebreaking cases. In all the thefts apart from other expensive goods credit cards too were stolen. We had a tab on all the credit cards that were reported for the theft. It was an ATM from where one from the gang drew money and we got his photos on the CCTV of that ATM. From there our chase began. After three months of cat and mouse chase Pawar’s team was successful in nabbing Quereshi. It was tough because he forged his name and used to travel only by flights from one city to another and they moved around with cans of pepper spray to defend themselves, says Powar.
Where the achievement of the two officers was commendable,the feat that assistant inspector Nand Kumar Suryavanshi from the Khadaki Police station achieved deserves special mention for the quick result. Suryavanshi completed the operation of nabbing a robber and kidnapper in just 12 hours. ” A courier man was kidnapped and robbed by the accuse . We started the chase in the morning and completed it late in the evening.kidnapped and robbed a courier employee. The investigation had revealed the involvement of four police officers and their three subordinates as well,”says Suryavanshi.
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