Police claim to have solved six cases of robbery attempts at ATMs with the arrest of three members of a gang.
The accused have been identified as Manish Kumar and Paramjit Singh, residents of Ambedkar Nagar, and Sanjay Kumar of Bihar.
Focal Point police said the three accused tried to loot ATMs by using gas cutters to open them, but never succeeded in their attempts.
Additional deputy commissioner of police-2 Jasdev Singh Sidhu said the trio was behind robbery attempts at six ATMs of different banks. They also used to spray black paint on CCTV cameras, to evade identification.
He claimed that the accused had confessed to have tried to break into the ATM machine of Overseas Bank in Industrial Area, GT Road, on the intervening night of September 23-24 last year, but failed. They also tried to loot a Bank of India ATM at Ramgarh on October 3 last year, but did not succeed. On the same night, they tried to break into the Bank of India ATM at Durga Colony, but failed again, the ADCP added.
"The group then tried to break into the ATM of Punjab National Bank at Chander Nagar on October 13. They also tried to loot the ATM machine of Axis Bank at Sua road using a gas cutter on January 2 this year, but failed. Their luck did not support them even on January 21 when they tried to break open the ATM machine of Canara bank at Dholewal," he said.
Later, a case under sections 457(lurking house-trespass or house-breaking by night in order to commit offence), 380 (theft in dwelling house), 511 (attempting to commit offences punishable with imprisonment for life or other imprisonment) and 427 (mischief causing damage to the amount of fifty rupees) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was registered against the trio.