119 banks in rural areas lack security
IN THE absence of proper security measures, over 119 big and small banks in rural areas of the city can be an easy target of robbers.india Updated: Apr 13, 2006 00:08 IST
IN THE absence of proper security measures, over 119 big and small banks in rural areas of the city can be an easy target of robbers.
This came to light following the arrest of three persons in connection with the robbery at the Baroda Purvi Gramin Bank in Bithoor on March 22. While two accused were arrested on April 10, one more person Vikas Sonkar was arrested from the Kakadev area on Wednesday.
Poor security arrangement was the reason for Jheenjhak and Bithoor bank robberies which took place on February 14 and March 22, respectively. However, the police could not get any clue about the Jheenjhak robbery.
However, the main challenge before the police is non-cooperation by bank officials. Although police officials wrote several letters to the bank employees in this connection, the bank staff, it seems, are not serious about the incidents of robbery.
Reacting to the bank employees’ attitude towards such incidents, an SP rank police official said, “As the money of the bank is insured, the employees take the incidents of robbery casually. However, the image of the city police, after every incident, is tarnished.”
Since security system was changed, the banks are not keeping armed guards on payment. The bank officials think that the security of these banks is the responsibility of the police.
Baring a nationalised bank, according to the police, there is no proper security arrangement almost in every bank.
There are over hundred banks in the rural area of the city that can be a soft target for robbers, as several banks are functioning in a one-room fragile building that can be broken with a hammer stroke.
According to the police, even senior officials of the banks do not show any interest in keeping security guards. Several rounds of meeting between police and bank officials were held but nothing could be evolved to combat incidents of robbery .