ATM kiosks at Kasba Peth attacked, guard beaten up

PunePolice officers inspect the broken ATMs.(Pranav Singh) A CCTV grab of the suspects inside one of the ATMs.(Left)

Within days of the Pune police giving a deadline to all banks to install CCTV cameras and deploy security guards at all ATM kiosks round the clock, two ATMs located in the heart of the city were broken into, vandalised and an elderly security guard was beaten up by two youths on Sunday.

According to the Faraskhana police, the incident took place around 3.45 am at the ATMs of Axis Bank and Development Credit Bank, located a few metres away from the Kasba Peth police chowky near Shanivarwada. The suspects, who appeared to be drunk, could not take out any money, said the police, adding that the injured security guard was 70 years old.

After the brutal attack on a woman bank manager inside an ATM kiosk in Bangalore last month, the Pune police had asked all banks in the city that by January 30 all ATMs should have CCTV cameras in place and

security guards deployed round the clock.

Senior inspector Bhanupratap Barge said: "We have received the CCTV footage, which shows two persons aged around 25 years entering the Axis Bank ATM around 3.45 am. At this time, we can see the watchman sitting next to the machine. One of the suspects had covered his face with a handkerchief. They inserted a debit card but did not get any money. They stepped out and went to the

DCB ATM."

Here too, he added, they tried to withdraw money but could not succeed. "They went out and came back with a metal pipe used for water supply lines. They tried to break both the ATMs with the metal rod and bricks. They beat up the security guard and pushed him inside a small room in the Axis Bank ATM kiosk. The guard reported the case to the police chowky in the morning. They could not take out any money," said Barge.

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