In a daring daylight crime, a State Bank of Patiala cashier was robbed of Rs 49 lakh at gunpoint outside SBP branch in Gidderbaha, even as the miscreants shot at the bank gunman twice and injured him seriously on Wednesday afternoon.
Cashier Harish Chandar cashier, posted with the bank's main branch in Bathinda, had arrived just outside the bank branch in the town in his car with the cash when three criminals riding another car stopped in front of the main gate. Two unidentified persons alighted while their third accomplice kept sitting in the car.
The duo then shot at the security guard Harbhajan Singh with a pistol in his feet and chest and snatched Rs 49 lakh from Harish and fled. They also took away the rifle of the securityman.
The security guard was admitted at the civil hospital here, from where he was referred to Bathinda due to his serious injuries.
The SBP branch is situated in a busy market of Gidderbaha town, and the daylight robbery has raised question marks over the functioning of Muktsar police.
Muktsar SSP Surjit Singh, deputy superintendent of police Darshan Singh Sandhu and SHO Ravinder Pal Singh visited the crime spot. However, police had no clue about the robbers at the time of filing of this report.
Two days ago, an unidentified person had snatched Rs 20,000 and 200 gm gold ornaments at gunpoint from a woman and her daughter-in-law at their home in Malout town. The accused had barged into the house when both women were alone and fled with cash and gold. Police have failed to make arrest in this case too.
Meanwhile, Gidderbaha MLA Amarinder Singh Raja Warring blamed the Muktsar police for the robbery incident. "The Muktsar police are always busy serving the Badal family. Most of its manpower remains engaged in manning the routes to be taken by the Badal family while travelling. Police are only for the security of the Badal family and they have no intension to provide security to the common man. It is not an isolated robbery case. Robberies and thefts are quite common in Gidderbaha and other areas of Muktsar," the Congress MLA claimed.