In a daring armed heist in Gurgaon, armed men looted 33 kg gold worth Rs 10 crore from Manappuram Finance company on the busy New Railway road on Thursday.
The robbers, who are believed to be 7 to 8 in number, also took away mobiles phones of the firm’s employees, who offer loans in lieu of gold deposits.
Three persons including one bank guard and two customers were injured during the robbery and were admitted to Gurgaon’s civil hospital. The robbers also took away all the cartridges after snatching the rifle from the guard on duty.
Bijender Singh Hooda, SHO, Civil Lines Police station, said, “The branch officials have given in their statement that 33 kg gold and Rs 8 lakh in cash has been robbed from the premises.”
According to police, four to five persons made their way to the first floor branch around 11 am on Thursday posing as customers and also entered their address in the visitors’ register. Before anyone had an inkling of what was about to go down, two of them suddenly pounced on the guard and hit him on the head with a knife and took him inside.
The duo snatched his rifle whereas others took rest of the staff hostage brandishing knives. Police, however, said that one or two of them also had firearms. The four staffers and customers were threatened with dire consequences and asked to remain quite during the next half-an-hour during which they cleaned out the gold, worth crores, from the lockers.
Gurgaon police commissioner Sandeep Khirwar (Watch video below), who rushed to the spot after getting word of the incident, said that around 7 to 8 persons were involved in the robbery. “An alert has been sounded and the police team is going through the CCTV footage. The robbers will be identified and caught soon,” he said.
A team of forensics and finger print experts also reached the spot and collected evidence. The officials said that they would release the pictures of the culprits within a couple of hours.
An eyewitness, who was inside the Mannapuram branch said that all the robbers, who had entered the branch were drunk. “One of the robbers who hit the other guard was heavily drunk and his speech was also slurring,” he said.
Devicharan, the other guard who was taken hostage said that the criminals also took away the bullets of their rifle.