Some miscreants, who had wrapped their faces with cloth, uprooted an automated teller machine (ATM) of the Punjab National Bank (PNB) branch near Molri gate in Dharamkot during the wee hours on Sunday and took it away in a vehicle.
According to information, the CCTV camera was installed at the ATM but the looters had sprayed black colour on it. Senior police officials, along with others, visited the spot.
Gurpal Singh, assistant sub-inspector (ASI) of Dharamkot police station, who is also an investigation officer in the case, said that an official of the PNB had reported the incident to the police.
The ASI said that the incident took place at about 4.40 am when the security guard on night duty had finished his duty and gone home.
"During the primary investigation, the bank officials could not tell the accurate figure about the cash which was loaded in the ATM because, according to the bank officials, the cash is loaded by a private company. Due to a weekend holiday, there was no source to confirm about the cash," said the ASI.
As per information, the police have rounded up some suspected people in this connection.
"A case has been registered against unidentified people under Section 380 of Indian Penal Code at Dharamkot police station. No arrest has been made so far in this connection, but further investigation is underway," said the police official.
When contacted, Moga senior superintendent of police (SSP), Jatinder Singh Khaira, said that the ATM was not properly attached with earth.
"We found that the ATM had been running in this unsafe condition for the last several years. However, a special police team has been formed to nab the culprits. We have barricaded all main points across the district and I hope that we will nab the culprits soon," said the SSP.