Three men looted Rs16.08 lakh from two employees of a fuel station from outside a bank in City Centre, Amravati Enclave, in Sector 2 of Kalka-Pinjore Urban Complex on Thursday.
The two victims - Harish Kumar, working with the Shimla-Panchkula highway petrol pump for over 12 years, and Kamaljeet Singh, who joined six months ago - had gone to the State Bank of India branch in Amravati City Centre for depositing Rs 20.58 lakh, according to the police complaint.
While Rs 16.08 lakh was in a bag which Kumar was carrying, while the rest was in a bag hanging from the pillion of the duo's motorcycle.
A white Etios car (number plate read HR-31H-4007) was apparently waiting for them in the parking lot. And as soon as Kumar got off the motorcycle at 10.12 am (as per the CCTV camera footage) with the bag and moved towards the bank, three men, one of them carrying a revolver, approached him and fired into the ground. Then one of them snatched the bag and the robbers left. All of this took just about 100 seconds, as per the CCTV footage recording. Meanwhile, Singh was taking out the Rs 4.5 lakh from the motorcycle's bag, but wasn't attacked.
One of the bank employees, Shiv Dutt, called up the Pinjore police station house officer (SHO), inspector Pawan Kumar, who reached the spot in about 10 minutes. Deputy commissioner of police (DCP), Panchkula, Ashwin Shenvi and commissioner of police (ACP), headquarters, Krishan Kumar also visited the spot.
The guard of the bank, Ram Karan Saini, was on leave but reached the spot after he learnt of the robbery. He said he was busy in a Shraadh ceremony (tributes to late family members) at home. He does not have a weapon, as he reasoned he was yet to get a licence. Bank manager Arun Sharma is also on medical leave. The bank branch was opened in February this year.
There is a barrier at the entry of the market with two guards; this could have been blocked had the petrol pump employees cried out. But the robbery ended in a matter of seconds.
"We have registered a case for robbery and under the Arms Act, and are examining the CCTV footage," said DCP Shenvi.