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Updated: October 29, 2013 00:49 IST

ATM guard killed trying to foil robbery; 2 held

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A 23-year-old security guard was stabbed to death by two persons when he resisted their attempt to loot an IDBI ATM kiosk on the Outer Ring Road at Mahadevapura early on Monday. However, in a swift action, the police nabbed the accused within hours of the crime. The guard, Harishankar Sharma, a native of Madhya Pradesh, was posted at the ATM centre at Doddanakundi barely a fortnight ago.

The Mahadevapura police identified the accused as Jinto Debnath (21) and Nabho Kour (19), both from Assam.

The duo was working as caretakers of pet dogs belonging to a city-based businessman living in an apartment in Mahadevapura for the past one year. According to the police, they decided to loot the ATM to become rich overnight and zeroed in on IDBI bank ATM kiosk.

According to the police, the two barged into the ATM around 3.30 a.m. and tried to break open the machine. Sharma, who was on guard outside, rushed into the kiosk and there was a scuffle, following which one of them pulled out a knife and stabbed Sharma on his head repeatedly.

The duo later switched off the lights and tried to break open the machine. Meanwhile, police constables attached to Mahadevapura police station — Chikkanarasimhaiah and Manjunath Swamy — who were on night patrol, were passing by the ATM kiosk and found two men inside. Upon closer examination, they realised that the men were trying to break open the machine.

They immediately alerted the control room and tried to block the entrance to prevent the men from escaping. But, the duo smashed the glass doors and managed to escape.

Chikkanarasimhaiah and Manjunath tried to chase them, but in vain. They returned to the ATM to find Sharma lying on the ground profusely bleeding with multiple injuries on the head and a serious stab wound on the forehead.

They immediately rushed Sharma to a nearby hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead.

Senior officials, including Commissioner of Police Raghavendra Auradkar and Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) Pronab Mohanty, visited the spot.

Though the accused confessed that this was their first crime, police is investigating to ascertain whether they have any criminal background, the Mahadevapura police said.

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Though guards actions look heroic, its not the right thing to do.
After all he was not armed.
Questions like, What kind of training was he given? what protocol to follow in situations like robbery?, should be answered first. His employer whether bank or any other private security agency should be thoroughly investigated. After all security is not childs play, we cannot hire an employee just like we hire a office boy
This should not end by just initiating criminal prosecution against
the murdering duo alone. The bank or any other direct employer of that
young guard should also be held responsible.

from:  kishor
Posted on: Oct 30, 2013 at 13:29 IST

Feeling very sorry for Guard. He could have been saved if constable made
first call to Ambulance before chasing thieves and Murderers. A valuable
life lost for nothing. I have witness myself where police first concern
always to get statement and story before providing medical attention to

from:  Sushil Tiwari
Posted on: Oct 29, 2013 at 20:22 IST

Guard played as a Role Model to all of us. but unfortunate about losing his life due to no one come forward to save his life as he lose his life.

from:  Shahid Ahmed
Posted on: Oct 29, 2013 at 18:08 IST

The Guard Sharma's effort is laudable and his family must be given due

from:  Vivek. R
Posted on: Oct 29, 2013 at 17:25 IST

Heartfelt condolences to the dead guard's near and dear ones. Hope IDBI
will compensate adequately. Will RBI force the banks to install a sort
of hooters in all ATM and make it compulsory to link the ATMs to the
nearest police station and also to Police control room? Several steps
are required to keep miscreants at bay.

from:  Ravi
Posted on: Oct 29, 2013 at 15:48 IST

According to the report, the police on duty saw two men in the ATM cell trying to break the machine. Then they tried to prevent their escape but the thieves broke open the glass door. The police chased them but they escaped. In all this, did not the police see a man stabbed and struggling for life? Or did they see him and decided that to catch the robbers was more important than to save the guard? There is no guarantee that the guard's life could have been saved, but there needs to be a radical change in our police force's attitude. Probably the idea of awards and medals were high on these police officials minds, thats why they first tried to catch the thieves and then attended to the probably half-dead guard.

from:  Dinakaran
Posted on: Oct 29, 2013 at 14:56 IST

We all should applaud the guard's sincerity in carrying out his duty.
The guard's family should be adequately compensated for their loss.And also as a motivation for the others to be sincere to their jobs.

from:  P.Prakash
Posted on: Oct 29, 2013 at 12:39 IST

The guard Harishankar Sharma's employer should provide adequate compensation to the family. Although the loss is irrecoverable atleast the monetarty compensenation would help them. Banks should provide safety equipments to the guards. The RBI should regulate this

from:  Suradha
Posted on: Oct 29, 2013 at 10:58 IST

Salute the ATM Guard. Rest in peace.
He has been great guardian for the public property.
Inspite of the poor salary and worst working facilities/environment
given, he has stayed true to his job. Absolute work ethics.

from:  Rajesh
Posted on: Oct 29, 2013 at 10:09 IST

Our Sincere salutes to Sharma

from:  Vinodh
Posted on: Oct 29, 2013 at 08:20 IST
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