ATM robbery foiled

NEW DELHI, MARCH 17. A private security guard and his accomplices have been arrested by the West Delhi police for allegedly trying to break open an ATM machine at Nangloi in West Delhi this past Sunday.

The police received a call around 4 a.m. claiming that someone had tried to break open the ATM machine of UTI Bank on Main Rohtak Road.

The police reached the spot and seized cooking gas and oxygen cylinders, a gas cutter and a pipe, which the miscreants had left behind while fleeing.

Investigations revealed that the gas cutter had been bought by one Sonu, a tent house employee.

The police managed to trace Sonu, who allegedly confessed to his involvement in the attempted robbery and also revealed the name of his associates. All of them -- identified as Mahesh (24), Inder (23), Kamal Kumar (21) and Yograj (22) -- were arrested on Tuesday.

During interrogation, Mahesh, a private security guard with Sentinel Security, told the police that he had been posted at the ATM on Main Rohtak Road till about a fortnight ago. Subsequently, he was transferred to the ATM machine on Najafgarh Road.

He and his associates then hatched a conspiracy to break open the ATM and take away all the cash.

In the wee hours of March 13, Mahesh came to the ATM on Main Rohtak Road and stood outside the premises ostensibly to maintain vigil.

His associates, meanwhile, tried to break open the machine.

But they did not succeed. Around 4 a.m., when the guard for the morning shift came for duty, all of them fled.

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