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Guard killed as robbers try to loot ATM


Patna : A security guard of a government commercial bank lost his life while trying to frustrate attempts by some criminals to loot an automated teller machine installed in an every busy area in central Patna in the wee hours of Saturday.

Deepak Kumar (40), security guard deployed at an ATM of Central Bank of India at Maurya commercial complex near Dak Bungalow circle in central Patna was brutally hacked to death by robbers who damaged the ATM and CCTV also. ATM is located within the stone’s throw away from Kotwali police station. Senior SP of Patna Manu Maharaj said a special team has been constituted to nab the criminals and officer-in-charge of Kotwali police station Avinash  Kumar has been removed and replaced by Ramashankar. Residence of the  officer-in-charge is also within Kotwali complex, opposite Maurya market complex. Agitated over the murder of the guard, local residents blocked the movement of vehicles at Kotwali roundabout for four hours. They did not allow even senior police officers to negotiate through Budha Marg and Bailey Road linked to Maurya complex.

Body of the guard was found in a pool of blood by the guard’s younger son, Aman, who visited the ATM at 5.30 am. Aman rushed to the neighbouring Kotwali police station immediately.

 According to the police, it appeared, the guard had resisted the attempt of the assailants to loot the ATM which was broken, but not open. Even the CCTV was found damaged.