Armed miscreants looted more than Rs 7 lakh from a nationalised bank in West Bengal's Hooghly district on Friday and injured three bank staff, police sources said.
Four miscreants in the age group of 20-25 speaking in Hindi entered the Chatra branch of United Bank of India (UBI) at Sreerampore at around 9.55 am, sources said.
One of them stood at the gate of the bank while the other three entered the bank. Brandishing pistols they asked the bank staff to hand over all the money. When the manager Madhusudhan Chakraborty, deputy manager Chandrasekhar Banerjee and the Cashier hesitated they beat them up.
The miscreants then looted Rs 7.60 lakh and nine mobile from the bank staff and other customers who had come to the bank and fled.
The manager, deputy manager and cashier has been admitted to hospital, Bank sources said.
UBI Regional Manager N Ganguly said that the dacoity was the third bank dacoity in a UBI branch in Hooghly district in a short span of three months.
Earlier miscreants had looted the UBI branch at Seorapuli and Chandernagore recently, he said.
Ganguly said the bank staff has been asked to beef up security in all the branches in Hooghly district.