Industrial Area Samaipur Badli on Monday witnessed a daylight robbery that would make any film director sit up and start taking notes. Four armed assailants, well built and possibly in late 20s, robbed State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur of Rs 24 lakh.
Four robbers enter the bank in Sector 18, Rohini, in Outer Delhi around 9:30 a.m., the time when the bank opened, posing as customers. This bank has no CCTV cameras and the security guard was on leave.
According to police, the robbers were well acquainted with the topography of the area as well as the bank. “They planned the robbery to the last letter and left no scope for error. We believe that they even had information about the movements of the employees,” said a senior police officer.
All details planned
The robbers knew what each of them had to do. “One of the robbers stationed himself at the entrance and would pull any person entering the bank at gunpoint and order them to keep quite. Inside the bank the other two robbers gathered the bank staff and kept them under control. The fourth and the last robber collected keys from the Deputy Manager and got the strong room opened and bagged the cash,” said a senior police officer.
They then rounded up the 11 bank staffers and six customers and locked them inside a storeroom next to the manager’s cabin.
No tracking them
The robbers collected mobile phones from all the people inside the bank. But they dumped them as soon as they got out. “This was a smart move on their part. They took away the mobile phones so that no one could make a call and they could make an easy escape. They dumped them a few metres away because they knew that they could be tracked with those mobile phones,” said a senior police officer.
Bank manager Rajender Kumar Meena and a few other employees, who reached late, told the police that initially they heard some noises from the bank. They called up the police fearing some people were vandalizing the bank. The police then rushed to the spot and it was only then that they discovered the bank had been robbed.
How they escaped
The robbers calmly went out of the front door. They were not wearing any masks. They never let the people on the street get the slightest hint about the robbery.
“We never heard a thing. It was only when the police arrived we got to know about the robbery,” said Krishan Kumar who owns a medical supplies store in the bank's rear side.