The matter of handing over the stolen valuables of Gohana-based Punjab National Bank to their owners has got a new twist with the affected bank customers refusing to reclaim valuables from court after undergoing individual identification parade of ornaments.
On Monday, Rohtak range IGP Anil Kumar Rao after a meeting with affected customers, whose lockers were broken and valuables stolen by robbers by digging more than 80 feet tunnel, said customers will have to identify their ornaments separately. He said the undisputed ornaments identified by an individual customer can be reclaimed through a local court by adopting legal process.
Resenting the move, affected customers Rajesh Miglani, Inderjit Virmani, Sandeep Kalra and Krishan Goyal told mediapersons that the role of the police was to nab the culprits and restore the stolen valuables to the bank.
They said since the FIR for the heist was lodged by bank's senior manager Satish Goyal in Gohana police station, it was his duty to reclaim the booty. Customers would later sort out their issue with the nationalised bank, they added.
Raising suspicion on individual identification parade of ornaments by affected customers, they said since the possibility of multiple claims on booty was very high so, legally, the disputed ornaments would remain deposited with court.
The victims also demanded that the bank should return the valuables to its original owners and should compensate the remaining customers from their own pocket later.
After the arrest of four persons of Katwal village by cracking the case swiftly, the police are in a dilemma as they had recovered 44kg ornaments against the affected customers' claim of over 80kg. Besides ornaments, the police have also recovered `2.5 lakh in cash kept in main branch of PNB at Gohana.
Meanwhile, the affected customers continued with their dharna outside the Gohana branch of the PNB on Tuesday.