In a major breakthrough, the police said they have established the identity of two foreign nationals involved in the card skimming case, in which the salary accounts of 15 policemen were hacked, by scanning 22 days of CCTV footage from an Axis bank ATM kiosk in Colaba.
Police sources said the two suspects were from an east European country and they will be questioned to further verify their role in the case.
The police are now trying to track down the location of the two accused, who they think might still be in the country, sources close to the investigation said.
Sources said the two foreign nationals had installed the skimmer in the ATM machine and used the data they got from it to make clones of the cards.
Using these, money was withdrawn in Greece from the bank accounts of 37 persons.
The police claim that they now have the suspects’ complete identity details including their names and immigration details from the airport from which they had gained entry into the country following clearance.
A case had been registered against unknown persons at the Colaba police station under various sections of the Information Technology Act and the Indian Penal Code after 37 people, including 15 policemen, fell prey to a card cloning fraud of Rs15.47 lakh and their money was withdrawn in Greece.
The police have recorded the statements of all the victims, but no one has been arrested so far. Special teams have been formed under the supervision of Krishna Prakash, additional commissioner of police (south region) and the team is also being assisted by the cyber cell of the crime branch which handles such cases on a regular basis.
When contacted, Ravindra Shisve, deputy commissioner of police (zone 1) said the investigations were at a very sensitive stage and that he did not want to give out any details as it would hamper them.