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A group of robbers looted Rs 42 lakh from a State Bank of India (SBI) ATM located near the bus stand in Gauripur town under Dhubri district.

The incident took place late at night on Sunday.

According to sources, the robbers painted the CCTV camera of the ATM with toothpaste and later covered it with papers.

They used a gas cutter to open the cash boxes.

Dhubri police while confirming the incident said the Gauripur police have registered a case of robbery and an investigation has been started.

Senior police officials including Dhubri superintendent of police Yuvraj, additional SP Nirupam Hazarika and DSP (HQ) Trinayan Bhuyan as well as bank officials reached the spot to take stock of the situation on Tuesday morning.

Police sources said, “From the modus operandi of the crime, it appears that the miscreants are professionals having knowledge of technicalities.”

“They managed to cover the inbuilt CCTV camera installed in the ATM kiosk,” sources added.

“The miscreants first broke the shutter and entered the kiosk before switching off the uninterrupted power supply and then they broke open the cash chest with the help of a gas cutter,” police sources revealed.

“They cut open the ATM with a gas cutter and took away the money after pasting the CCTV camera. As a result, CCTV footage is not yet available,” police sources said.

Till the filing of this report, no one has been arrested.

However, the police have launched a massive drive to catch the culprits and seize the vehicles used in the crime with the help of the surveillance system.

Sources said the looted cash was inserted in the ATM on Saturday evening.

Mukesh Kr Singh

Mukesh Kr Singh is Northeast Now Correspondent in Dhubri. He can be reached at: