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Bank heist in Delhi by ?human bomber?

CLAIMING TO be a human bomb, a robber threatened the manager and walked away with Rs 40 lakh from UTI bank at Vikaspuri. Four armed guards and 100-odd customers were inside the bank at the time.

india Updated: May 09, 2006 01:36 IST

UTI branch robbed of Rs 40 lakh

CLAIMING TO be a human bomb, a robber threatened the manager and walked away with Rs 40 lakh from UTI bank at Vikaspuri. Four armed guards and 100-odd customers were inside the bank at the time.

Manager Sandeep Dham (36) said around 12 noon a man in the early twenties entered his chamber. Dressed in jeans and a T-shirt, he claimed to be a human bomb and threatened to blow himself up if money was not handed over to him.

Dham told the police that he panicked and called for the locker in charge, Seema. The two then went to the lockers to get the money. All the while, the alleged human bomb sat inside Dham's chamber.

Dham returned empty-handed and then reportedly asked the cashier to bring all the available money to his chamber.

After the cashier brought Rs 40 lakh, Dham called two peons, Deepak and Sonu, to his chamber. Both told the police that Dham asked them to put the cash inside two bags. Dham then allegedly asked the two to accompany the robber till the bank entrance.

The peons told the police that the robber fled in a Maruti Esteem.

The police said Dham himself went to the bank's entrance. He then went back to his chamber and, around 12.40 p.m., informed the police about the robbery. The manager alerted neither the two security guards at the entrance nor the two at the bank's locker division."Dham has been detained and is being interrogated," said DCP West Robin Hibu.

First Published: May 09, 2006 01:36 IST