A day after the Mumbai police caught a youth with four debit cards, including one with the name of cricketer Sachin Tendulkar on it, police found that all the cards were dummy ones.
The accused, 21-year-old Shoaib Doodhwala, had picked these cards up from various ATMs, where they were kept to help first-time users understand how to use debit cards.
“On interrogating Doodhwala, and checking with the banks from where the cards were issued, we found that the four debit cards were instructional dummy cards,” said RB Poman, assistant commissioner of police, Bhoiwada division. The police added that Doodhwala, a first year college student, was ‘trying his luck’ with the debit cards, to see if they would yield some money.
The police also found Rs8,640 in cash with Doodhwala, which, they said, was given to him by his mother, to be handed over to a maternal aunt. Police initially suspected he had withdrawn that money with the cards.
Police said that the offences registered against him – of cheating and forgery –stand, as he had the intention use the debit cards. Doodhwala’s driver’s licence too was forged, and actually belonged to a friend of the same name. “He had affixed his photo on the licence, which amounts to forgery,” said an officer.