A gas-cutter gang looted three ATMs in Kolkata. The first ATM was located near the Dumdum airport, the second on Kona Expressway, and the third along NH-6.

The gang smeared the CCTV cameras with black paint and then neatly prised open the cash vaults. 

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The miscreants looted Rs 10 lakh from the first ATM in Michael Nagar near airport early on Tuesday (November 17) and managed to escape minutes before police reached the spot.

The Bidhannagar Commissionerate’s police control room received a call from the bank’s vigilance team in Mumbai at 4.17 am alerting that they were not receiving any live visuals from the ATM for some time. 

The ATM CCTV, even when not in use, sends periodic images to the Mumbai-based ATM control centre of the bank. An alarm that sets off after any physical damage is made to the machine also alerts local police and a private security agency that services the ATM. The control room alerted airport police, who immediately sent a team for inspection.

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A police officer said, “when the police went to the ATM, they found that the ATM counter’s shutter was down. One of them lifted it and found a counter filled with smoke and a burning smell. Reinforcements were called and we found the front panel of the ATM was open and cash was looted from there. The CCTV was painted with black color.”

The second ATM was targeted near Dhulagarh on Kona Expressway and the third along the National Highway at Bagnan. Police have retrieved a few unclear images from the motion sensor enabled CCTV cameras and will cross check them with footages at toll plaza.