Security firm staff flee with Rs 4 crore from ATMs in Ludhiana

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The police increased security at banks and other post offices in the district immediately after the robbery.NINE EMPLOYEES of a security agency who were tasked with replacing old notes at ATMs in Ludhiana allegedly fled with Rs 4 crore in cash (demonetised notes).
The police said instead of depositing the old notes in the respective banks, they fled with the cash.
Operations in-charge of the Scientific Security Management Service, Satinder Singh has filed an FIR against the accused at Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar police station.An FIR was registered under sections 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant, or by banker, merchant or agent), 420 (Cheating and dishonesty) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC.
The accused have been identified as Anil Chopra, Radhe Shyam, Pardeep Singh, Kuldeep Singh, Sharanjit Singh, Ajay Kanojia, Gursewak Singh, Harpreet Singh Bunty and Kamaljit Singh.
In his complaint, Satinder Singh said that the agency in coordination of Hitachi Payment Service was tasked with replacing cash at 25 ATMs of various banks. None of the accused came on duty and their mobile phones were also switched off.
ASI Manjit Singh, who is investigating the matter, said the police have launched a manhunt for the accused.
Rs 5.31 lakh stolen from post office Two unidentified persons looted Rs 5.31 lakh in cash from the post office of Dhotian village in Tarn Taran district Monday.
All the cash was in Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes that were exchanged by people Monday for legal tender.
Postmaster Sandeep Kumar, postman Kulwant Singh and Baljit Singh were present at the post office when two masked men entered around 4 pm. No money was being exchanged at the time. Only exchanged notes were in the office.
“One of the men had a gun and the other a sharp-edged weapon. They asked the employees to hand over the cash. They also fired a shot in the air. They then fled with cash. All the notes were of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000. An eyewitness said they came on a motorcycle,” said Tarn Taran SSP Manmohan Sharma.
No special security was provided at the post office by the police for exchanging of notes.
The police increased security at banks and other post offices in the district immediately after the robbery.

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