3 ATMs locked down for not adhering to security norms

With the instruction to the banks to appoint security guards and spruce up security arrangements at the ATMs in Dehradun having mostly fallen on deaf ears, the Dehradun police have locked down three ATMs in the city on Monday. A day later, the bank officials concerned met police officers and requested that the ATMs be reopened. They assured that they would soon make the necessary security arrangements at the machines.

Earlier on February 3, police had served a notice to banks regarding installation of CCTV cameras and appointment of security guards at the ATMs. Some of the banks had acted on the instruction and appointed security guards while many of them failed to act that promoted the police crackdown. Patelnagar police conducted a checking drive at the ATMs on Monday to see whether the instruction has been acted upon or not. Three of the ATMs there were found operating sans security guard and CCTV cameras and they were closed down.The ATMs thus closed were those of PNB located at Lalpul, Axis Bank at ISBT and Indicash at Kargi.SP City P K Rai said that a large number of ATMs of various banks in the state capital are still operating sans security guards and CCTV cameras.

It is learnt that out of nearly 500 ATMs of several banks located in the city, notices had been served to at least 42 of them located in Patelnagar area on February 3.

The banks on whom notices have been served by the Patelnagar police include are Bank of Baroda, Badowala; Uttarakhand Gramin Bank, Shimla Bypass; PNB Bank, Mehuwala; Axis Bank, Shimla Bypass; Punjab and Sindh Bank, Majra; SBI, Shimla Bypass; SBI Turner Road; SBI, Mohbbewala; Union Bank, Chandra Bani; UCO Bank, Banjarawala; Axis Bank, Sahranpur and Bank of Baroda, Transport Nagar. Observers say that the police crackdown on the ATMs of the errant banks should be lauded. "The fraudsters spiriting away money of the account holders through unguarded ATMs are on the spiral in the city.Over 100 such complaints have been received recently.

We hope that the momentum would continue and the errant banks would be made to fall in line," said an observer.

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