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Nadia couple foil ATM heist

Krishnagar, Nov. 28: A Nadia couple pulled down the shutters of an unguarded ATM kiosk to confine a robber trying to break the machine on the ground floor of their house early today.

Schoolteacher Nirmal Biswas, 35, and his wife Shravani, 32, were sleeping on the first floor when they heard a clanking sound downstairs.

“We peered out of the window but could not see anything,” Bhimpur resident Nirmal, who teaches political science, said.

“We tiptoed downstairs and peeped round the corner. It was 4.30am and dark outside. The lights in the (United Bank of India) ATM counter were switched off. Through the glass door, my wife and I saw a man trying to break the machine with a crowbar,” Nirmal said.

The teacher switched on the light on the ledge above the house door. “The robber tried to flee but I pushed him inside and pulled down the shutters swiftly. I called up a neighbour and also informed police,” he said.

A team from Krishnagar police station arrested the robber, identified as Sarajit Pramanik, 29.

The deputy superintendent of police of Krishnagar, Dibyajyoti Das, said: “The accused damaged the ATM but before he could break the cash cell, he was caught.”

Das lauded the “courage and presence of mind” of Nirmal and Shravani.

Nirmal’s neighbour Subhendu Biswas, a decorator, said: “Some early-risers gathered in front of the ATM kiosk and demanded that the accused be handed over to them. But Nirmal and I guarded the ATM till the police arrived.”

Chandan Dhar, the chief regional manager (Nadia) of the UBI, said: “I thank the couple on the bank’s behalf.”