The Batala police are yet to get any clue about the Rs 9.35 lakh loot from the ATM of the Punjab National Bank at Aliwal village on Thursday morning.
Though the police were relying on the CCTV footage as the camera installed in the cabin was not damaged by the miscreants. But their hopes have fallen flat as it has now come to notice that the miscreants had sprayed paint on the lens of the camera after entering into the ATM cabin.
The miscreants, who were equipped with gas cutter and other implements, had complete knowledge about the structural set up of the machine as they took not more than 7 minutes to loot the money.
SHO Ghiana Ke Banger, said that after watching the CCTV footage, it was learnt that one of the miscreants with his face covered with a cloth entered into the ATM at 4.35 am on Thursday.
A miscreant, who were wearing gloves in his hands, was holding a candle and spray paint, which he sprayed on the camera lens before cutting down the ATM chest with the help of a gas cutter and handed over all the three boxes of cash containing Rs 9.35 lakh to his accomplice standing outside the cabin and the duo left the cabin at 4.42 am.
The police also called the dog squad and forensic experts to get some clue but failed to get any lead.
Despite the increasing number of incidents of loot at the local ATMs, bank authorities are yet ensure adequate security arrangements in this regard.
As per the instructions of the RBI, it is mandatory for every bank to provide a security guard, CCTV camera and trigger alarms at all the ATMs but as far as the ATMs in Batala are concerned, these do not have security guards and even many of them are not equipped with CCTV cameras, thereby becoming becoming an easy prey of ATM robbers.
On the night of January 9, two youths made an attempt to break the ATM chest of Punjab National Bank branch situated at village Dheriwal but luckily a Batala police van appeared in the vicinity and on hearing its siren, the fled from the spot.
Earlier on the night of December 13, two youths made an attempt to break the ATM chest of Punjab National Bank branch situated at Mann Nagar but failed.
Though, half a dozen such incidents have occurred in the past few months, the ATM's which they tried to break do not have security guards so far, with some of them still devoid of CCTV cameras.