Police tells banks to implement safety rules in ATMs by Dec 31

Police tells banks  to implement safety  rules in ATMs by Dec 31

The Bengaluru police on Thursday set a new deadline of December 31, 2014, for all banks in the City to implement safety guidelines in their ATM kiosks

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The police set the new deadline after a meeting with representatives of more than 30 banks. Additional Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Alok Kumar chaired the meeting and issued strict directions to banks to appoint security guards, instal burglary alarms and CCTV cameras at their ATM centres.

The meeting was held in the wake of an incident outside an ATM centre of the Punjab National Bank near Ambedkar Bhavan in Vasanthnagar at 7.30 pm on December 5.

Mohammad Munavvar, 28, a native of Assam, had allegedly threatened a nursing student, Nayana, and her friend Aishwarya at knifepoint just as they stepped out of the kiosk after withdrawing money. He snatched Nayana’s mobile phone and tried to flee. But an alert public chased him down and called the police. There was no security guard in the ATM kiosk.

Police had directed banks to implement safety measures in the ATM centres following the brutal attack on a Corporation Bank staffer Jyothi Uday in a kiosk of the same bank near the BBMP head office in November last year. The police set two deadlines but some banks are yet to full comply.

“We have decided to book banks under section 188 of the IPC (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) and take suitable action. We will register criminal cases against heads of the banks if any violence or untoward incident takes place inside their ATM centres,” a senior police officer said.

Meanwhile, the High Grounds police have registered a case of negligence against the Punjab National Bank for not appointing a security guard at the ATM centre in Vasanthnagar.

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