A gang of robbers drilled through a brick wall to enter the strong room of a nationalised bank branch in the heart of Bhopal but failed to open the lockers in a heist gone awry.
Police said that the attempt to rob the Jawahar Chowk branch of State Bank of India (SBI) was made sometime between Saturday night and Sunday night.
The gang entered the bank from an adjacent house which was vacant for some time, indicating that the robbers were planning the heist for some time.
The robbery attempt bore an uncanny resemblance to a recent bank robbery in Haryana’s Gohana township when robbers had dug a 125 feet underground tunnel to break into a bank’s strong room and loot cash and valuables worth crores of rupees. However, most members of the gang arrested were arrested soon after the sensational heist.
The house from which the robbers entered the Bhopal bank branch belongs to forest minister Gauri Shankar Shejwar.
Bank employees discovered the crime only when reached the bank on Monday morning.
SBI branch manager Mangal Popli said that nothing was missing from the bank. "We have checked all things but nothing is missing. It seems they tried to break the lockers but failed."
Town inspector of TT Nagar police station Manish Raj Singh Bhadauria said police will study "CCTV footage from the bank to establish the identity of the accused".
Mudit Shejwar, son of the forest minister, said the house was vacant for the past four months.