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Beaten,tied,ATM guard foils theft bid; honoured by cops

Mohammed Shabuddin,32,was knocked unconscious and bound by the thieves at the SBI ATM.

Written by Express News Service | Bangalore | Published: December 31, 2013 12:21:16 am

A former mahout from Assam who came to Bangalore 30 days ago looking for a job as a car driver but ended up as a security guard has become a hero after he helped capture one of two men who tried to break an ATM Sunday.

Mohammed Shabuddin,32,was knocked unconscious and bound by the thieves at the SBI ATM in Hongasandra on the outskirts of south Bangalore at around 3.40 am. After regaining consciousness,he set himself free and risking his life captured one of the thieves focused on breaking the machine. A police constable arrived just in time and the thief was arrested.

Monday,police commissioner Raghavendra Auradkar gave the former mahout a certificate and reward for his act of courage. “Quick thinking and timely action by the security guard and a police constable helped prevent a robbery and capture a thief,’’ he said after handing over a cheque for Rs 1,000 to Shabuddin.

A growing demand for security guards in Bangalore after police threatened to shut down unguarded ATMs following a brutal attack on a woman during a robbery attempt at a kiosk in the heart of the city on November 19 had landed him the job as a security guard. “I used to be a mahout back home but it was difficult to feed my family with my earnings. I got a driving licence and thought would look for a job as a car driver in Bangalore where my younger brother works as a security guard. I was told my licence was not valid here and I decided to work as a security guard till I get a valid licence. I joined work on December 3,’’ Shabuddin said Monday as he basked in media and police glare.

He said he may have been dozing when the thieves entered the ATM. The men with sickles tied him up. “They hit me with a helmet and I fell unconscious.’’ When Shabuddin regained consciousness,there was only one thief inside the kiosk who was hacking away at the ATM. “I freed myself and pressed the door of the kiosk against the intruder. When he tried to run,I tripped him,jumped on him and hit him,’’ he said. Shabuddin said he initially thought the constable who helped him was a thief as he was not in uniform. “Being an ATM guard is harder than being a mahout,” he said.

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