Unidentified miscreants broke open an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) and decamped with Rs 10 lakh in the Sansarpur Terrace industrial area of Kangra district during the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday.
The police said burglars struck an unguarded ATM of the Punjab National Bank by breaking open the shutter of the kiosk. The miscreants first sprayed paint on the Close-Circuit Television (CCTV) camera installed in the cabin and then cut open the ATM machine. A bank employee on Sunday morning informed the bank authorities after he found the machine broken. The bank authorities called the police.
Branch manager Kishori Lal said the thieves have taken away around Rs 10 lakh. Meanwhile, police have increased vigil in the nearby areas and the checking of vehicles entering and leaving the town has been intensified. A team of experts has collected clues from the spot besides CCTV footage.
Kangra additional superintendent of police (ASP) Shiv Kumar said investigations are on and culprits will be arrested soon. This is third big incident of ATM loot in Kangra district this year.
On May 11, burglars had looted Rs 22.5 lakh from two ATMs (Punjab National Bank and Kangra Central Co-operative Bank) of the district.
In another incident, burglars had looted Rs 19.45 lakh from a PNB ATM at Indora in Nurpur sub-division of the district on February 22.
A gang had also attempted to loot an SBI ATM at Dharamsala town on June 11. The police had managed to arrest two persons involved in the Dharamsala ATM robbery attempt.