Three unidentified miscreants on Monday looted Rs 2 lakh from the employees of a finance company from their office at Satnam Nagar in Rajpura town. The incident took place on a day when the police were on high alert in the district amid Operation Bluestar anniversary celebrations.
The finance company -- Satin Credit Care Network Limited -- operates its office from a house in the said area. The firm offers financial services to self-help groups.
Three unidentified people entered the office at around 2 pm on Monday, and enquired about the loan facilities and other services of the company. When the staff were busy telling them about the services, one of them locked the door from inside and took out his pistol and asked the employees to hand over the cash to them.
The firm’s manager, Sateshwar Singh, in his complaint to the police said the employees tried to negotiate but they threatened to open fire on them. He added that as one of them pointed the gun towards an employee and they were forced to give away the available cash, which was Rs 2 lakh at the time of the incident.
It is pertinent to mention that the non-banking finance company was not following the security guidelines of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and instructions issued by the local administration and the police. Neither there was any guard at the office, nor any CCTV camera was installed to vigil any unlawful activity. Some employees of the firm locked themselves inside the restrooms to protect themselves.
One of the eyewitnesses said that the robbers were not carrying any vehicle.
A case has been registered under Section 382 and 34 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) at the Rajpura city police station.
Deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Rajinder Singh Sohal said the police were trying to trace the robbers and the process of their identification were underway with the help of sketch artists and available information. “The company was also flouting the security norms advised by the police and the administration and it made it easy for the looters to escape easily from the spot,” said Sohal.