ATM robber in a viral video died during police interrogation

Social media users decried the death of the brazen ATM robber in police custody. ATM robber rose to public prominence after his CCTV footage of making faces while stealing the ATM card went viral on social media.

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Salahuddin Ayubi, a brazen ATM thief mysteriously died in the police custody after being caught red-handed while breaking open into the ATM in Rahim Yar Khan. Ayubi from Gujranwala first came to public attention after his video of stealing the ATM card in Faisalabad went viral on social media. Ayubi stuck his tongue out in both the cameras installed in the booth during robbery amused the internet users.

His antics made his identity prominent in the CCTV footage. Ayubi was arrested from Rahim Yar Khan and was wanted in the Faisalabad ATM robbery case. According to the district police officer’s spokesperson Zeeshan Randhawa, Ayubi started behaving like a ‘mad man’ during interrogation in custody. He suddenly fell unwell in the lockup as Police claimed he died of a heart attack. Randhawa added that he was soon shifted to the emergency section of the Sheikh Zayed Medical College Hospital where doctors confirmed his death. He was dead before he was taken to hospital.

The news of his death in police custody caused a furor on the internet as people accused the Punjab Police of killing the criminals with horrific physical torture

The hospital staff refused to comment on the condition in which he was brought to the hospital. According to hospital management, they can only ascertain the cause of his death after obtaining the post-mortem report. Meanwhile, the body of Salahuddin was shifted to morgue.

Additionally, he said that DPO Umar Farooq Salamat had constituted an inquiry team, headed by Superintendent of Police Investigation, to look into the matter.

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A bizarre video that circulated on the internet showed Salahuddin Ayubi stole the card of the customer, which was stuck in the ATM. The customer left the ATM booth to get the help of the bank staff, Ayubi took off the top shelf of the machine and took the card, he withdrew Rs.64,000 from the ATM card.

Social media reactions

The news of his death in police custody caused a furor on the internet as people accused the Punjab Police of killing the criminals with horrific physical torture. Calls were made on social media for Police to review their brutal interrogation practices, which often lead to the death of the criminals before reaching the court.

Others pointed out that Ayubi was arrested thrice before, however, was not given proper rehabilitation. Punjab government’s spokesperson Shahbaz Gill had to intervene to calm down the furious netizens about the ongoing investigations into the death of the theif.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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