The kingpin of a credit card gang for whom city police issued a Look-out Circular last October was arrested on Thursday night at the Bangalore International Airport. He has been operating in the city from 2002 and was wanted by the Central Crime Branch in six cases.

Sources with the Central Crime Branch said Manoj Kumar Rajasekaran (38) of Chennai is suspected to be the key-player behind the gang which cloned newly issued credit/debit cards of customers with the connivance of courier delivery personnel.

The culprits obtained envelopes with new bankcard, meant to be delivered to customers, from the courier men and opened it using an air blower gun. They cloned the card inside and replaced it in the envelope without leaving a trace of it being tampered. The gang then siphoned the cards for lakhs of rupees.

Following a complaint lodged by a customer , the CCB's Bank Fraud Wing registered a case in October 2011. Five persons, including two courier delivery staffers, were arrested. Manoj fled to Malaysia after his accomplices were apprehended. He claims that he had only worked as an agent in transferring stolen international card data to some persons in Chennai and wasn't aware of their operations, said A. John Rose, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Bank Fraud Wing.

Manoj was remanded to custody.

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