Two unidentified miscreants allegedly robbed a 22-year-old youth of Rs 15,000 in front of State Bank of India, Civil Lines branch, near Fountain Chowk on Friday morning.
Interestingly, PCR motorcycle staff of Ludhiana police commissionerate were present in the bank for routine check at the time of the incident.
The CCTVs cameras installed in the bank were switched off, as the senior officers of the branch, who switch them on, had not reached the bank.
According to the victim, Sahib Alam, his father, Nafees Ahmad, who works as a cutter master in a hosiery factory, dropped him at the bank to deposit Rs 15,000 in his account.
Alam said as he entered the bank, two miscreants present in the bank, disguised as customers, tried to engage him in a conversation, but he did not reply to their questions.
A resident of Nidhan Singh Nagar of Civil City, Alam said the accused then borrowed a pen from him to fill the deposit form, and left the bank without returning it. He alleged when he approached them for his pen, the accused took him aside, flashed a knife and snatched his cash, before fleeing the spot.
He immediately sounded his brother, Shah Alam, and also informed the Division Number 8 police, following which police reached the spot and initiated investigation.
Sub-inspector Ajaib Singh of Division Number 8 police station, said a case had been registered against unidentified accused, and efforts were on to identify and arrest the accused.
He said according to the victim, the accused were around 25 years old and were conversing in Punjabi.