Nawanshahr ATM heist: Police raids in HP, Hoshiarpur

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Nawanshahr
  • Updated: Dec 28, 2014 23:55 IST

Teams of Nawanshahr police conducted raids at various locations in Himachal Pradesh and the neighbouring Hoshiarpur in the wake of the `13 lakh heist from two ATMs in the district on Saturday.

The police also called an emergency meeting with the managers of all banks on Monday.

The meeting will be held at the office of senior superintendent of police (SSP) on Monday morning to tighten security of ATMs in the district.
Even as the robbers are mostly targeting ATMs of Punjab National Bank (PNB), the bank authorities are not learning any lesson from the past incidents.

The Nawanshahr police have blamed the PNB authorities for not maintaining security of their ATMs.

In the absence of security guards, robbers break the machines with the help of gas cutters and decamp with money. Police teams are also finding it difficult to patrol effectively due to heavy fog in the region.

The CCTV footage procured from the Khatkar Kalan village ATM has proved of little help as the robbers came with their faces covered and used chemical spray on cameras to disconnect them.

Superintendent of police (detective) Dilbagh Singh Pannu said similar incidents of loot in PNB ATMs were reported in Hoshiarpur and Himachal Pradesh and the bank does not have a sound policy to secure the cash machines.

He said that bank managers will be asked to develop a sound surveillance system to stop such incidents in the future.

Shrikant Sharma, circle head, PNB Hoshiarpur, said the ATM at Langroya village was attached with the bank branch. He said a private company was taking care of cash, security etc of the Khatkar Kalan ATM.

An FIR will be registered by the company concerned in this connection since the bank has nothing to do with this.

On Saturday morning, unidentified persons entered an ATM at Langroya village on the Nawanshahr-Chandigarh road around 3 am and looted `7 lakh after opening it with the help of gas cutters. The miscreants also set the machine on fire, closed the shutter and fled.

Some robbers also targeted an ATM at Khatkar Kalan village and looted Rs 6 lakh.

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