The deceased security guard, Simu Buragohain

Tinsukia: A private security guard laid down his life while fighting a gang of four miscreants and foiled a dacoity attempt at an ATM at Rupai Siding in Assam’s Tinsukia district on Wednesday.

The deceased has been identified as Simu Buragohain, a resident of Patipathar in Sadiya.

The ATM at Rupai Siding in Tinsukia

According to sources, the incident took place along National Highway-37 in broad daylight at a time when the agency tasked with putting money into ATM were refilling cash in the machine. “As per procedure, the shutter was lowered with two security guards and a driver standing outside when four persons in a motorcycle and scooty attacked them.”

Spot where the incident took place

However, one of the security guards was unarmed.

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“As one of the dacoits had put a pistol on the head of the unarmed guard, another dacoit shot the guard with a gun. He retaliated in which one dacoit was injured,” the source said, adding, “The dacoits fled before returning in some moments. They stopped a motorcycle at gunpoint and took away their injured partner in the crime towards Kakopathar direction.”

Several persons gathered at the spot after hearing gunshots, another source added.

The vehicles in which money was being carried

Talking to local media persons, the guard who was unarmed said they were a team of five persons — two cashiers belonging to a private company, two guards and a driver. “They had refilled cash at a few ATM before reaching the SBI ATM at Rupai, where the incident took place, and were to head towards Kakopathar to refill another ATM.”

When questioned about weapons, he said, “Buragohain, who died, carried an SBBL gun from which he shot one of the dacoits. Since my weapon was not renewed I was not carrying it.”

His statement has indicated a major lapse on part of the company which was tasked by banks to refill cash into ATM.

Buragohain was taken to FRU hospital in Doomdooma where he succumbed to his injuries.

According to sources in the police, the motorcycle which was used to rescue the injured dacoit was recovered around 6 km from the spot. “Security force has launched an operation to nab the dacoits. However, the police are yet to arrest the dacoits till the time of filing this news report,” he added.

All attempt to speak to superintendent of Tinsukia police Shiladitya Chetia turned futile.

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