He was killed by some persons during a bid to rob cash

The widow of a security guard, killed in April by unidentified persons who attempted to rob the Automated Teller Machine (ATM) he was guarding, has approached the Madras High Court bench here seeking compensation for her husband’s death.

Justice T. Raja on Monday ordered notice to the chief secretary of the Tamil Nadu government, the Madurai regional manager of the State Bank of India and the director of C.I.S. Bureaus Facility Service and adjourned the case by two weeks. The petitioner, S. Rajammal, claimed that her husband M. Selvam was the caretaker of the C.I.S. Bureaus Facility Service and was posted as a security guard of the SBI’s ATM at Thanichiam near Vadipatti.

On April 3, 2013, Selvam was stabbed to death during an abortive robbery bid by two unidentified men. According to Mrs.Rajammal, she has two schoolgoing children.

She signed up under duress for a compensation of Rs.1.25 lakh, she alleged in her petition.

The petitioner claimed that she sought at least Rs.5 lakh compensation, considering her predicament. Her husband had died while on duty, but the SBI has not come forward to provide financial assistance to her family, she maintained.

In her petition, she contended that the future of her children was bleak in view of the meagre compensation.

She had submitted representations to the State, the bank authorities and the security agency on August 21, 2013 seeking Rs.5 lakh compensation, but the representations were not considered, Mrs.Rajammal claimed.