Miscreants last night broke into an ATM of the State Bank of India at Anchalagumma grampanchayat of Nabarangpur district, but they could not take anything as the machine had run out of cash.
It was the only ATM in that area. The nearest SBI ATM is in Nabarangpur town, about 25 km away. Damodar Choudhury, who had withdrawn Rs. 2,000 from the ATM yesterday, said it would be very difficult for people to travel to Nabarangpur, where there are already longer queues.
The SBI ATM in Tentulikhunti block located next to the Anchalagumma SBI branch was loaded with notes of Rs 100 last afternoon, but immediately ran out of cash as people queued up. Assistant sub-inspector JC Panigrahi of Anchalagumma police out post told The Indian Express said the miscreants only vandalised the machine and the camera. “It appears to be a case of mischief,” he said. No case has been lodged in this regard so far.
Since last week, the bank and the ATM has been seeing long queues and frayed tempers as it ran out of currency. As Nabarangpur as a Maoist-affected area, the RBI officials initially did not give out the new Rs 2000 notes, but later on started dispensing it. However, the ATMs, not configured for the new Rs 2000 notes, gave out only Rs 100 notes.
The ATM attack caps a series of attacks and loots on such machines across the State since last 6 months. A day before Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes were demonetised, miscreants in coastal Kendrapara district broke open the Indian Bank ATM at Danapur with the help of gas cutter and looted huge amount last night. The CCTV camera installed inside the ATM chamber and hard disk was also taken away by the miscreants. On November 5, unidentified robbers attempted to loot cash from two ATMs of State Bank of India at Charichaka Bazaar of Konark in Puri district, but failed. The ATM dacoits however took away nine 12 volt batteries kept in the backyard of the ATM counter. They also tried to take away the hard disk of the CCTV cameras installed at the counter but failed. They damaged the CCTV cameras.
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On November 4, Rs 27 lakh of currency notes were stolen from 3 ATMs of ICICI Bank, Axis Bank and SBI in Bhadrak town. All the ATMs were cut using gas cutters. ATMs in Matha Sahi and Remuna were robbed of cash worth Rs 59 lakh. Police is also trying to establish a link between the Bhadrak and Balasore robberies.
On October 17, dacoits had looted Rs 16 lakh from State Bank of India ATM in Gandarpur area of the city by prising the front side with a gas cutter. The miscreants damaged the CCTV camera. Later they and took away the cash.
In September this year, SBI ATMs in Mathasahi area of Balasore and Remuna were looted by miscreants.
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In July unidentified miscreants looted Rs 23 lakh from an ATM van near the by-pass road of Bhadrak town. The van carrying the cash