Vikash Sharma

Once again the miscreants have found Automated Teller Machine (ATM) kiosk an easy target in Odisha. This time, the robbers have decamped with over Rs 14 lakh from the State Bank of India (SBI) ATM at Khariar in Nuapada district. The matter came to light on Monday.

Police have started an investigation into the matter after a complaint in connection with the incident was lodged by the Chief Manager of Khariar SBI branch.

As per sources, miscreants broke open the ATM using gas cutters and fled with around Rs 14.80 lakh cash. Bank officials informed that the last transaction was made in the ATM at around 8:30 pm on Sunday. It is suspected that the miscreants targeted the ATM late at night.

“As per the information, there was around 14.80 lakh cash in the ATM and the last transaction was around 8:30 pm. We suspect that gas cutter was used in stealing cash from the ATM,” said chief bank manager Debi Prasad Mishra adding that a complaint in this connection has been lodged.

Khariar SDPO, Arup Abhisekh Behera said, “We have received a written complaint regarding theft of cash from the ATM. We have registered a case and the IIC is investigating it. Only after an investigation, we can say how many miscreants were involved.”