Just after few hours after the meeting of chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan with senior police officials of the state in which the CM praised Bhopal police for efficiently maintaining law and order, Rs 24.93 lakhs were stolen from Bhopal Co-operative Central Bank Limited on Wednesday evening at 1100 Quarters area in Shahpura locality here.
Incident came into light on Thursday morning
The incident came into light on Thursday morning after the security guard of the bank found the lock of the main gate broken. Police have recovered the footage of CCTV cameras installed in the bank in which the accused thief is seeing moving inside it, police said.
According to the police, on Thursday when the security guard of the bank reached bank at 9 am, he saw the lock of its main gate broken. He then informed the manager of the bank about the incident who then informed about the same to the police on Dial 100. The police reached the spot within 15-20 minutes. The bank was having total amount of about Rs 40 lakhs.
Locker of the bank was broken
“Upon reaching the bank we also found the locker of the bank broken from which the amount was missing. The glass of a window of the bank was also found broken. We have recovered the CCTV footage from the bank in which the accused could be seen clearly,” said Mayank Awasthi, additional superintendent of police (Zone 2), adding that he entered the bank at about 7 pm on Wednesday evening and remained there for about one and a half hours.
Accused knew the location of the locker: ASP
“In the initial investigations it seems that the accused was well aware of the topography of the bank and knew the location of the locker from where he stole the amount. We are suspecting the accused to be an ex-employee of the bank or a person who was well aware of the functioning of the bank. While stealing the money he didn’t touched the cash bundles of small denomination and only took the bigger denomination of notes with him in his bag which he had brought with him,” added Awasthi.