Some miscreants damaged an ATM machine at New Jalpaiguri station while trying to loot cash and injured the security guard when he opposed them.
Police said that two persons came on a motorbike. They entered the ATM kiosk on early Monday morning and tried to break the ATM machine.
When the security guard Swapan Bhowmik opposed them, they beat him and threatened to kill him if he raised any alarm. The miscreants looted the wallet of the security guard. When local people came to know about the incident, the miscreants fled from the spot.
The incident triggered tension in the area. The incident, however, poises serious questions on the security of the ATMs and the customers.
The security guard told the police that there were no GRP personnel to handle the situation as the ATM counter is situated inside the station premises. Police have started an investigation and are looking into the CCTV footages that were available with them.
According to the police, some unidentified miscreants tried to steal money by breaking open an ATM machine. The incident occurred at an ATM counter of a nationalised bank. As they failed to break open the machine, they damaged it with some heavy substance.
When the security guard of the nationalized bank protested against them he was beaten up by the goons. Finally, they had to leave it there after they failed to take any cash from the machine.
Police said that a little post midnight, the criminals entered into the ATM counter and tried to break open the machine. After a prolonged effort, the miscreants failed to take out any cash from the machine.
Meanwhile, the security guard of the ATM kiosk came to know about the incident and opposed the miscreants which finally resulted in his injury.
Police are currently going through the CCTV footages that were available with the bank. They have started an investigation in the regard.
Police are yet to arrest anybody in this connection. Raids are being conducted to locate and arrest the culprits, a senior police official in the district said.