Unidentified persons looted over Rs 10 lakh from an automated teller machine (ATM) of the State Bank of India at the new vegetable market in Maqsudan area of the city on Sunday morning after opening it with the help of gas cutters.
The vegetable market, which houses around 100 shops, usually remains crowded on weekdays but being a holiday on Sunday it was rather deserted.
The Maqsudan police station is situated just few meters from the bank on GT Road.
Deputy branch manager Yash Bala said she received a call at 10.30am from the Mumbai headquarters of a private firm that is managing ATM informing her that the ATM was not working. She rushed to the spot only to find the machine in a damaged condition. She informed the police about incident.
Navdeep Singh, station house officer (SHO) police station-I, rushed to the spot and started investigations into the incident. A fingerprint expert team was also pressed into service to trace the accused.
Navdeep further informed that security guard Babloo, a resident of Shiv Nagar, finished his duty at 6am and the incident must have occurred after he left the ATM.
Deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Rajinder Singh, assistant commissioner of police (ACP crime) Harjinder Singh also inspected the spot and held a meeting with bank officials and company representatives inside the bank.
The DCP said an FIR has been registered under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The exact amount of looted amount will be revealed on Monday, he added. The police have obtained footage from the surveillance camera installed inside the room.
Sources said the closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera captured the last footage at 7.44pm on Saturday wherein a man wearing a helmet is seen entering the ATM room. But there is no footage of anyone disconnecting the wires of the CCTV camera, it is learnt.
The police interrogated the security guard after his role appeared doubtful in the episode.
Sources said there was a religious function (jagaran) in the market on Saturday night and the locality was crowded till morning but nobody noticed any miscreants.