The ATM robber who went viral for making faces on the CCTV camera while robbing an ATM passed away early Sunday morning in police custody.

The man identified as Salahuddin Ayubi from Gujranwala was arrested on Friday from Rahim Yar Khan while attempting to rob another ATM. According to reports, the robber was also wanted by the Islamabad police.

The police claim that Ayubi was behaving like a “mad man” in lockup when he suddenly became unwell. They added that the deceased was reportedly suffering from a health condition and when his condition deteriorated, they rushed him to Sheikh Zayed Medical College where doctors declared him dead on arrival. A post-mortem is being conducted on the dead body to ascertain the reason for his death.


An inquiry team, headed by Superintendent of Police Investigation, has also been constituted to look into the matter.

Ayubi came into the spotlight after a video in which he was sticking his tongue out at both the camera in the corner of the booth and the one installed in the ATM machine, went viral on social media. Later when he was attempting to break into an ATM booth in Rahim Yar Khan, the police caught him and arrested him.

Ayubi’s death in police custody has sparked outrage on social media and people are demanding Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari and the Punjab Government to look into the reason behind his death.