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Thieves decamp with ATM of PNB containing Rs 2.80 lakh in Faridkot

Thieves uprooted an automated teller machine (ATM), installed at the Punjab National Bank branch located near Mahatma Gandhi memorial school here, and decamped with it in the wee hours of Sunday.

punjab Updated: Jun 07, 2015 20:28 IST
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Thieves uprooted an automated teller machine (ATM), installed at the Punjab National Bank branch located near Mahatma Gandhi memorial school here, and decamped with it in the wee hours of Sunday.

The ATM was installed on the premises of the branch, which is situated on a busy road of the town. The ATM had a cash of Rs 2.8 lakh in it. The incident took place at about 2.45 am.

"The ATM weighed about 425 to 450 kg and the police are suspecting that many people could be involved in the crime as it is not easier to take away such a heavy machine by two-three people. We have registered a case against unidentified people and investigations are on," said Vishaljeet Singh, DSP.

The criminals allegedly sprayed the CCTV cameras with some black colour. However, the police have taken the footage of the CCTV cameras into its possession to get some clue about the criminals.

The ATM was closed for the night as usual and there was no security guard deployed on night duty as it used to be made operational only during daytime.

The bank had allegedly loaded about Rs 5 lakh in the evening and about Rs 1.20 lakh was withdrawn before it was closed.

The bank officials allegedly learnt about the incident from a class four employee of the bank in the morning and reported the matter to the police.

It is the first of its kind incident in the district. However, criminals had allegedly withdrawn about Rs 19 lakh from three ATMs of two banks at Bargari, Jaitu and Sadak towns by using passwords on May 25 last year in two hours.

The money was withdrawn immediately after Manoj Kumar, an employee of the cash-loading company, who knew the passwords of the ATMs, was kidnapped..

Even after a year, despite many protests and bandhs in the town, there is no clue about the missing youth and the looted cash. A case is also pending in the Punjab and Haryana high court as the family of kidnapped youth, Manoj, 26, had demanded the transfer of the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation.