Some unidentified persons tried to break open the chest of an ATM belonging to Punjab National Bank at Dehriwal Droga village on Thursday night.
Sources said after the miscreants saw a police patrolling party passing nearby, they fled the spot. The police vehicle was going from Sekhwan to Dehriwal.
In his complaint to the police, PNB's Dehriwal branch manager Harmilap Singh said villagers informed him on Friday morning that the ATM was lying broken after which he informed the police.
He further said the miscreants tried to break open the ATM with the help of gas cutters but did not succeed.
Sekhwan SHO said the police had taken the CCTV camera installed in the ATM in their custody. After examining the CCTV footage, it was found that two persons with covered faces entered the ATM and tried to cut its chest with the help of a gas cutter.
Despite the fact that there has been an increase in the number of incidents of ATM loots, the banks have been by and large been unable to ensure adequate security arrangements.
As per the RBI instructions, it is mandatory for banks to provide security guard, CCTV cameras and trigger alarms for all the ATMs.
Most of the ATMs in Batala do not have security guards and many of them do not even have CCTV cameras.
On the night of December 13, two persons tried to break open the ATM chest of Punjab National Bank at Mann Nagar. After listening to the siren of a Batala police mobile van passing nearby, the miscreants fled.
Over half a dozen incidents have taken place in the past few months. This has raised a question mark on the security of ATMs maintained by the various banks.
Batala senior superintendent of police (SSP) SS Mand said the police held meetings banks and discussed security arrangements with them from time to time.
The banks have to take care of ATM security on their own, he added.