10 days on, cops fail to make headway in Phagwara ATM heist

  • Parampreet Singh Narula, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Sep 25, 2015 22:57 IST
Police investigating the spot from where an ATM machine was uprooted by miscreants on Wednesday. (HT Photo)

It has been 10 days since unidentified persons decamped with an automated teller machine (ATM) containing Rs 3.34 lakh in a mini-truck on the September 15 night, the Phagwara police have failed to make any headway in the case.

As per information, the ICICI bank ATM booth was closed and the robbers opened the shutter after breaking its locks and they take along the machine after uprooting within 15 minutes.

Police officials have failed to find any clue except a Mahindra Pick-Up mini truck which was used by the robbers to commit the crime.

The police suspect the same gang to be behind similar robberies that took place in cities like Muktsar, Anandpur Sahib, Faridkot and Bathinda. Moreover, the time of committing a crime is almost the same in all cases.

From the CCTV footage, police officials have only been able to find the vehicle used in the robbery besides the fact that a person who entered the booth with his face covered sprayed the camera with black paint before stealing the machine.

The incident had come to light after a security guard, Gulshan Kumar, went to open the ATM booth in at 7am on September 16 and found the ATM was missing.

Police officials had said the booth secured properly with no security guard present while the incident took place and the machine was fixed by only two nuts, making the robbers’ job easy.

On the other hand, bank officials claimed that the booth was open for the public from 7am to 11pm and the security guard was present there during his duty hours as per instructions.

An ICICI bank official had claimed that the machine was properly fixed into the ground as per norms.

Phagwara superintendent of police (SP) Ashwani Kumar said the police are investigating the case on the basis of different leads and they will crack the case soon.

A case was registered under sections 454 and 380 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at the city police station.

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