Vrindavan, 2017.08.18 (VT): In a shocking incident, an ATM guard was murdered in the wee hours of Thursday morning in Vrindavan. The guard was sleeping in the IndusInd ATM unit on the 1st floor of the Harekrishna Market, just next door to the ISKCON temple.
The assailant, his face masked by a piece of cloth, approached the ATM at 12:53 a.m. He destroyed the CCTV camera and hit the guard in the head and chest with a brick, killing him.
He then proceeded to try to rob the ATM, but was unable to do so.
The ATM’s owners in Mumbai were automatically alerted when the ATM was damaged. They immediately contacted Vrindavan police, who rushed to the scene. Police arrived quickly as the ATM is only about 100 meters from the Raman Reti police chowki.
Upon arriving on the scene, police found the guard, 39-year old Mukesh Singh, lying in a pool of his own blood. He was dead. Singh had been working for the security company for only 11 months.
On the basis of footage recovered from the CCTV camera, some speculate that the assailant may have been a “foreigner”. However, police officials have cautioned that this cannot be confirmed until the suspect is apprehended.
On Friday morning the guard’s relatives placed his body on the main road and blocked traffic for two and a half hours in protest. It was only after officials promised 500,000 (five lakh) rupees compensation to the family that the crowd dispersed.
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