ATM stolen in Pulwama; 5th in south Kashmir this year

ATM stolen in Pulwama; 5th in south Kashmir this year

Anantnag: Unidentified people decamped with an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) of Punjab National Bank (PNB) late Saturday night from main town Pulwama.
While the police have said the amount taken away with the machine is yet to be ascertained, sources told Kashmir Reader that the machine stolen contained a total cash amount of Rs 8, 20,000.
According to police reports the ATM installed in Rajpora Chowk of the town was taken away by unidentified people, late Saturday night.
“The robbery has taken place sometime in the dead of the night,” a senior police official from Pulwama told Kashmir Reader.
The official said that the amount taken away is yet to be declared, Sunday being a holiday for the bank employees.
“Details will be ascertained tomorrow,” the official said.
Sources however said that the ATM contained eight notes of two thousand, 1527 notes of five hundred and 446 currency notes of hundred amounting in total to 8,24,100.
This is the fifth such robbery in south Kashmir since January this year. Many banks have also been looted at gunpoint in the south Kashmir region since November last year.
While police have blamed militants for Bank robberies and the militants have refuted the allegations, the ATM thefts have remained a mystery so far.

ATM robberies
January 18: An ATM machine with Rs 14 lac of cash was whisked away in main town Anantnag.
April 18: State Bank of India ATM taken away with unknown amount, from KP road area of Anantnag town.
May 31: SBI ATM stolen from Achabal Adda area of Anantnag town. Rs 20.96 lacs stolen
June 17: SBI ATM machine stolen from Zirapara area of Bijbehara with an unascertained amount in it.


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