Agency had not posted ATM guards

Published: 27th June 2013 11:24 AM  |   Last Updated: 27th June 2013 11:24 AM   |  A+A-

The ATM of Bank of Maharashtra’s Chandapura branch on Anekal Road, where a theft occurred in the early hours of Wednesday, had no security guards.

After smashing the CCTV cameras, they disconnected all the cables, including the cable connected to the server, just like the June 17 case. The incident came to light around 10.20 am when one of the bank employees who went to the ATM alerted the manager.

The police said the Bank of Maharashtra’s branch in Iggalur was opened in October 31, 2012 and the ATM machine was placed inside the centre just a month ago but not clamped down.

Bank manager Nagesh Kumar told Express that the ATM is being maintained by a private company, which does not depute security guard at all counters.

“Now, after the incident, we are considering handing over that responsibility to another agency,’’ he said.

Police said pieces of CCTV and cables were thrown around in ATM centre. There was no trace of forced entry as the door was not damaged.

“The ATM also did not have GPS or SMS alert facility to inform the bank officials in the event of a forceful disconnection of  the machine,’’ said a police officer.

Police said Rs13 lakh was deposited into the machine two-three days ago and about Rs 2.65 lakh was withdrawn since then.

The remaining Rs10.35 lakh was inside the machine. The Habbagodi police along with two special teams are investigating.

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