Robbers blew up an ATM in Pimpri Chinchwad in Pune and made off with Rs 30 lakh in cash. Reports suggest that the robbers left around Rs 10 lakh as they did not have time to pick it up.
The incident, which took place on July 18, has raised alarm bells with state police after investigations indicated the possible use of an improvised explosive device (IED) in the blast. The Maharashtra Police Counter-Terrorism Unit has now joined the investigation.
Footage from the site, located in the Chakan area, shows the split ATM machine. Police have cordoned off the area and have also taken a sniffer dog to find further clues.
Champak Ippar, deputy police commissioner for Pimpri-Chinchwad, said: “After 1 pm (July 18), unidentified robbers placed explosives, damaged the ATM and robbed the money.”
A similar robbery was attempted a few days ago in Rajan village in rural Pune, but the ATM was not completely damaged and the robbers were unable to collect the money.
Police now suspect that the same gang is behind the heist in Pune and this time they have used more explosives to make sure the machine takes enough damage.