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A month ago, a woman was brutally attacked by an assailant inside an ATM office in India's IT hub of Bangalore. On Sunday morning, another crime at an ATM office took place in the outskirts of the same city, but the guard on duty managed to foil the attempted robbery.
INDIA: A month ago, a woman was brutally attacked by an assailant inside an ATM office in India's IT hub of Bangalore.
On Sunday morning, another crime at an ATM office took place in the outskirts of the same city, but the guard on duty managed to foil the attempted robbery.
The guard, Mohammed Shahabuddin, 32, who came to Bangalore just one month ago in search of a job as a driver and ended up becoming a security guard at an ATM kiosk, has also become a hero.
Mohammed Shahabuddin foiled the robbery attempt by nabbing one of the two suspects at the ATM in Hongasandra on Sunday.
He was on night duty when the two thieves barged into the ATM office and tied him down, but he somehow managed to free himself and attack one of the assailants, eventually helping the police arrest the suspect.
Mohammed Shahabuddin said: "Two men barged in. One of the two started hitting me on my head with his helmet. The thief was running, I followed him and hit him on the leg. He fell down and I caught him and handed him over to the police."
One of the attackers, identified as Sandeep from the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir, was taken into custody and was later hospitalised as a result of an injury he received during the incident.
ATMs in Bangalore have of late been in the news for all the wrong reasons.
A month ago, a woman was attacked by a man with a machete as she tried to withdraw money in the early morning.
Following the rampant attacks, the police have ordered banking companies in Bangalore to intensify security measures at their ATM kiosks.
Raghavendra Auradkar, Bangalore police commissioner, said that the police recently held a meeting in the Reserve Bank of India, which was also attended by the bank’s security advisor.
The earlier ATM attack in Bangalore sparked nationwide concern about the safety of ATMs, and after that brazen incident, the police ordered banks to beef up security.
But Sunday's incident, which happened only a few miles away from the scene of the previous attack, is evidence that the security measures at ATMs in the city need to be stepped up further.