Even as police are yet to find a lead in the Rs. 9.35 lakh robbery from an ATM chest of Punjab National Bank at Aliwal village around 20 days back, unidentified miscreants made an attempt to break open two ATMs of PNB and State Bank of India at Qadian road here late on Saturday night.
Police claimed that CCTV cameras installed at ATM booths had captured footages of the miscreants.
When contacted, station house officer (SHO) of the Civil Lines police station said the CCTV footage revealed a miscreant with his head covered entering into the PNB ATM at 12.21am and tried to break the ATM with an axe, but failed and left the booth at 12.36am.
Then, the same miscreant tried to break open the SBI ATM, which was just 100 metre away from the PNB ATM.
Interestingly, the administration of both these nationalised banks had not deputed any security guards at their ATM's.
PNB manager HB Singh said he got information on Sunday morning that the ATM was destroyed following which he informed police. He said they had handed over the CCTV footage to police.
As per the RBI regulations, it is mandatory for every bank to depute a security guard and install a CCTV camera and trigger alarms at every ATM; however, in Batala, most of the ATMs don't have security guards and even many ATMs don't have even CCTV cameras, and hence becoming an easy prey of ATM robbers.
Nearly three months back, on the night of January 9, two youths made an attempt to break open the ATM chest of PNB at Dheriwal village, but after hearing the siren of near-by passing Batala police mobile van, the miscreants flee the spot.
Similarly, on the night of December 13, two youths made an attempt to break open the ATM chest of PNB at Mann Nagar, but they too failed.