IGs, SSPs to probe cases of ATM loot, car snatching

Chandigarh, July 14: With the number of untraced cases of organised ATM loot and snatching of cars piling up at the district level, the Punjab Police has now asked inspector generals of police (IGPs), senior superintendents of police (SSPs) and police commissioners to personally investigate these cases.

The directions in this regard were issued by additional director general of police (ADGPlaw and order) Rohit Chaudhary last week.

ATM loot

As per the Punjab Police figures, more than 20 cases of theft of ATMs (automated teller machines) remain unresolved in the state in the past two years, making it a serious concern.

Senior officials feel that there are organised groups which are working in different areas and they have even divided zones to commit ATM loot. “There are two types of ATM thefts being committed in the state. One group uses chains to uproot ATMs . This group is active in Sangrur, Bathinda, Moga, Mansa, Ferozepur and Fazilka districts of Malwa. The second group, which uses gas cutters for thefts of ATMs, is on the prowl in Doaba and Majha regions,” said a senior official.

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