CHENNAI: A 54-year-old security guard of a private bank ATM on East Coast Road near Mamallapuram was murdered by robbers who tried in vain to break open the ATM in the small hours of Sunday.
The victim N Murugan was spotted a few metres away from the kiosk in Krishnan Karanai village at around 1.30 am by a police patrol which grew suspicious on seeing smoke in the lower portion of the ATM.
From the CCTV recordings, the police said the robbers had struck at 1 am when Murugan was sleeping in front of the ATM. “His throat was slit by the robbers and the body was found about 20 feet away from the kiosk. The robbers had apparently burned some material to break open the machine,” said Kancheepuram SP C Vijaya Kumar.
The police have collected the CCTV footage, fingerprints and other evidences from the spot and are hopeful of identify the killers soon.
“Murugan had closed the shutter of the premises and was sleeping near the shutter. The robbers first murdered him and then opened the shutters to get into the kiosk. They had left the spot just a few minutes before the patrol team came there,” said a police officer.
The Kancheepuram police have formed special teams to identify the robbers. Last month, the Kancheepuram police arrested one Kumar after he used explosives to break open a couple of ATMs in and around Guduvanchery.
Murugan was a native of Sathankulam village in Thoothukudi district and was settled at Krishnan Karanai where he was running a grocery shop. He started working as a security guard at night over the last few years after he closed down the shop.