Hailakandi: ATM burglar Altaf Hussain Laskar alias Reshim who escaped from police dragnet was rearrested in the wee hours on Tuesday. Superintendent of Police, Pabindra Kumar Nath disclosed that the ATM mastermind was arrested again from an area falling under the Hailakandi Sadar Police Station following consistent search efforts.
Laskar, who was on police remand, escaped from the police net while he was undergoing treatment at the SK Roy Civil Hospital on the night of March 23 leading to the suspension of an inspector.
A team of Hailakandi district police led by Deputy Superintendent of Police on deputation to 21 AP(IR) Bn., Faiz Ahmed Barbhuiya conducted a raid with the help of Cachar district police at Loknathpur Part I under Dholai Police Station and apprehended the mastermind of SBI ATMs looting hiding inside an earthen bunker on March 19. The police found in his possession Rs.6 lakh in cash, two mobile handsets, ammunition of 5.56 bore rifle, sharp weapons and jewellery items.
A case no. 268/20 under Section 224 IPC was registered against him at the Hailakandi Sadar Police Station. The district police have arrested nine persons and registered case nos.228/20, 229/20 and 230/20 under Sections 457 and 380 IPC at Hailakandi Sadar Police Station against them for looting SBI ATMs in Hailakandi town and elsewhere. Around 85 lakhs were looted from three ATMs in Hailakandi district.