Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

The loot of around Rs 29 lakh cash from an ATM kiosk by armed miscreants in Bhadrak district of Odisha on Friday has been caught on tapes of a CCTV camera installed in the vicinity of the crime spot.

In footage a masked man can be seen attacking three persons who were busy loading cash inside the kiosk. The miscreant pulls out a gun and threatens the cash loaders before taking away a box load of cash.

With the box he flees the spot immediately with few of his associates who stood in were waiting on motorcycles near the Laxmi Narayan temple in Charampa area.

The Bhadrak police have obtained the CCTV footage and launched a hunt for the robbers whose identification process is on.

"We are questioning the employees engaged in loading the cash and checking the footage minutely. Hopefully we will be able to nab the robber gang soon," said a police official.

Earlier, in the first week of this month, an amount of around Rs 27 lakh had been stolen from three ATMS in Chandia Bazar and Kuansa areas under the Bhadrak rural police limits. The miscreants had set the ATMs on fire after the loot.

Frequent occurrences of such daring robberies have become a reason for concern for banks while raising serious questions over the law and order situation in the district and effectiveness of the police as well.