Unidentified miscreants made an unsuccessful attempt to break an automated teller machine (ATM) of Andhra Bank on the Haryana State Industrial Development Corporation (HSIDC) complex in Ali Pur, Barwala, in the wee hours on Tuesday.
According to police, the accused managed to open the lid of the ATM with the iron rods, but could not break the locker. There was no guard at the ATM when the incident took place, and closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras were also not installed inside the ATM and in the bank.
Considering the rising number of similar incidents, police have urged all banks in the district to make proper security arrangements to ensure safety of staff and customers.
According to bank officials, the ATM contained `11.9 lakh cash. The branch at HSIDC complex was started in January 2015 and the ATM was made operational in March. The incident came to light around 10am when a person came to withdraw money and found the ATM damaged. The matter was reported to police.
In-charge Barwala police post, assistant sub-inspector, Ramesh Kumar, along with his team, was on night patrol and had visited the area around 1am. He left the area around 1:15am to join deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Hamid Akthar, who was also on night checking.
On complaint of Arindam Burman, manager, Andhra Bank, a case of attempt to burglary under sections 380 (theft in dwelling house), 457 (lurking house-trespass or house-breaking by night in order to commit offence punishable with imprisonment), and 511 (punishment for attempting to commit offences punishable with imprisonment for life or other imprisonment) of the Indian Penal Code has been registered.