ATM attack: Post security guards or face closure, Karnataka govt tells banks

ATMThe assailant had attacked the woman in the ATM booth after she refused to draw money and hand it over to him. (PTI)

The Karnataka government told banks on Wednesday to post security guards at all ATMs in Bangalore within three days, failing which the police would shut down the facilities.

The decision was taken at a meeting of senior police officers, including commissioner Raghavendra H Auradkar, called by Home Minister K J George following a brutal attack on a 44-year old woman at a Corporation Bank ATM in the heart of the city on Tuesday.

The meeting at Vidhana Soudha discussed security at ATMs in the aftermath of the attack for robbery.

The home minister said only 1,900 of the more than 2,500 ATMs in Bangalore had security guards.

George said banks had to quickly secure all ATMs by deploying armed guards and installing CCTV cameras. Failure to do so would result in closure of the facilities by police, he warned.

The Home Minister said the state government would soon frame guidelines for safety at ATMs. A committee would be formed under the leadership of Home Secretary S K Pattanayak for the purpose, he said.

The panel will discuss ATM security measures with banks to prevent robberies and submit a report at the end of the forthcoming winter session of the state legislature.

The Home Minister said appropriate guidelines would be issued to banks to ensure customer safety.

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