Five armed robbers barged into a bank, overpowered the armed guard, took seven bank employees hostage and decamped with Rs 7.39 lakh cash in a matter of three minutes on Tuesday evening.
The daring daylight robbery happened at Development Credit Bank located in an isolated area of G-Block Market in Mayur Vihar-Phase-III, near New Kondli, around 3.30 pm.
Chain of events
According to police, five men — three of them wearing helmets and two with their faces muffled — reached the bank on the first floor of Mam Ram Tower.
The police said the first thing the men did was hit the armed guard Krishna Kumar with their country-made pistol.
“The guard was armed with a single barrel shotgun. They overpowered him and snatched his gun. They then rounded up the seven employees of the bank and locked them in the pantry and storage room. One of them then went up to the cashier and snatched Rs 7.39 lakh. They took around three minutes to commit the robbery,” said Joint Commissioner of Police (New Delhi Range) Dharmender Kumar.
Kumar said eyewitnesses told the police that the robbers fled in a silver coloured small car. “We suspect that they fled to Uttar Pradesh (UP) as the border is very close to the bank,” said Kumar. The make of the car is still not known.
What happened next?
According to police, there were two guards present at the time of robbery but neither was able to react. They said that one of the assailants went to the Bank Manager Anurag Rawat and told him to join the other employees. No customers were present at the time.
The police said the assailants took away four cellphones belonging to the employees. The bank employees called out for help as soon as the assailants fled from the spot. The police were then called in.