Some unidentified miscreants reportedly made an unsuccessful attempt to break open an ATM of Punjab National Bank at Ghuman here early on Saturday morning.
According to police, branch manager Sat Pal Thapper has lodged a complaint that some unidentified miscreant with their faces covered broke into the ATM cabin around 4.10am and tried to break open the ATM with the help of a steel rod, but when they failed, the left the ATM by 4.20am. There was no guard at the ATM.
Following the complaint, a police team led by station house officer (SHO) of the Ghuman police Harkishan Singh rushed the spot and started investigations.
Police have registered a case under sections 380 (theft in dwelling house, etc) and 511 (punishment for attempting to commit offences punishable with imprisonment for life or other imprisonment) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against the unidentified miscreants.
Despite increasing number of robbery incidents at ATMs, the bank authorities failed to ensure adequate security at ATM booths.
As per a Reserve Bank of India (RBI) guideline, it is a mandatory for all banks to provide a security guard, CCTV camera and trigger alarms at all ATMs, however, in Batala, most of the ATMs don’t have a security guard and CCTV cameras.
So far half-a-dozen incidents of ATM robbery have been registered and in all cxases there was no security guard where the robbers struck.