Caught stealing from SBI ATM, youth beaten black & blue in Bhadrak

Bhadrak: A youth was mercilessly thrashed by locals after being caught while allegedly attempting to loot cash from an SBI ATM at Malada Bazaar under Bhandaripokhari police limits here on Wednesday night.

As per the locals, the youth was first spotted by one Badri Narayan Dhala of the area who immediately raised an alarm following which other villagers also rushed to the spot.

Dhala stated that the miscreant was not alone and his associates somehow managed to escape the spot.

Getting information, Bhandaripokhari police reached the spot and rescued the miscreant who was found lying in an unconscious state outside the ATM.

“They were trying to break open the ATM as it was found damaged. The one who was caught and thrashed was hiding in a field close to the ATM,” informed a police official.

Police also seized a Maruti Omni van that was parked some 200 mts away from the ATM and detained the driver for interrogation, said sources.

Further investigation into the incident is on.