Five armed men took away Rs 12.06 lakh from the unguarded Bulhowal branch of Punjab National Bank (PNB), 15 kilometres from here on Wednesday.
At about 3.20pm, when no customer was around, four men entered the bank and took the manager and the cashier at gunpoint, while the fifth robber remained in a car outside. The cash taken away had arrived a few minutes before in a van. The nearest police station is only half a kilometre far.
The panic-gripped bank employees failed to press the alarm to alert police.”The robbers came in one by one and without any mask, so no one suspected them,” bank manager Rajinder Kumar said. “After taking away the cash, they asked for keys to the vault. When the cashier told them he didn’t have the keys, they beat him up and went away. There was, anyway, not much cash in the locker.”
Bulhowal station house officer (SHO) Karnail Singh was first on the scene of crime. Later, senior superintendent of police (SSP) Kuldip Singh Chahal and other officials also arrived to look at the security-camera footage and collect fingerprints.
A case was registered. The SSP said police had picked up vital clues.