An alert watchman foiled theft bid at Punjab and Sind Bank opposite Arora Cinema on Gill Road in the wee hours of Sunday.
On hearing voices from inside the bank, area watchman Shankar Bahadur informed police, who arrested two accused after reaching at the spot, while two of their accomplices managed to flee. The accused have been identified as Dilshad Khan and Udesh Sahni, while their accomplices Guddu and Niranjan are at large.
The police have also recovered iron rod, screw driver, saw blade, torch and gas cutter from their possession.
The police gave cash prize of Rs 1,000 to the watchman for his presence of mind and quick action in calling the police.
Shimlapuri SHO Sanjit Kumar said, “The accused entered the bank after breaking open grills of the window at the rear of the building. After entering, they cut off the wires of close-circuit television (CCTV) cameras installed inside the bank. The alarm at the bank was not in working condition. They ransacked the office of the manager but found nothing. So, they decided to steal cash from the ATM outside the bank and started digging a hole in the wall to enter into the ATM cabin, which was closed from outside.”
“In the meantime, watchman Shankar Bahadur, who was patrolling the area, heard thuds from inside the bank and immediately sounded the PCR motorcycle squad stationed near Arora Cinema. The PCR squad further informed Shimlapuri police, who raided the bank and nabbed two of them,” the SHO said.
Kumar said, “Shimlapuri police have registered a case against the accused under Sections 457/380/511 of the IPC following the statement of bank manager Ranjit Singh. Singh said that bank had no guard for night. Police have been working to know past criminal record of the accused.”