Rs 4.17 lakh looted from ATM in Hoshiarpur

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Hoshiarpur
  • Updated: Jul 26, 2015 23:31 IST

Unidentified persons struck at an automated teller machine (ATM) of the Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC) at Bhikhowal village in the district in the wee hours of Sunday and decamped with Rs 4.17 lakh.

The incident comes barely 10 days after Rs 3.53 lakh was looted from an ATM of Punjab National Bank (PNB) at Janauri village of the district.

The miscreants completed their job in less than half an hour. The security guard on night duty said following his daily routine he had gone to the nearby gurdwara to pay obeisance at about 5.15am but when he returned after a few minutes, the ATM had been broken and cash was missing.

Hariana station house officer (SHO) Harneel Singh informed that he had also patrolled the area at around 4.30am and had not noticed any suspicious movement.

The bank authorities informed that the ATM had developed some snag which was fixed only a couple of days ago. Cash worth Rs 4.5 lakh had been transferred in the machine on Saturday of which Rs 4.17 lakh was looted as the rest had been withdrawn by customers, they added.

Superintendent og police (SP detective) Baljit Singh Dhillon and other senior officials visited the site and enquired from people living in the vicinity but no one could give any clue. They recovered two gas lighters from near the broken machine. The ATM had been broken as usual with gas cutters. The CCTV camera was blurred with a spray.

On July 16, a PNB ATM was looted in Janauri under Hariana police station. In fact a number of ATM robberies have taken place at frequent intervals in the district in the last two years. All cases remain unsolved. Majority of ATMs belonged to PNB which does not have a security provision.

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