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Bank robbery bid foiled in Greater Noida, one arrested

Swift action by the police foiled a bank robbery bid in Greater Noida on Tuesday.

india Updated: Oct 16, 2012 23:53 IST
Saurabh Trivedi
Saurabh Trivedi
Hindustan Times

Swift action by the police foiled a bank robbery bid in Greater Noida on Tuesday. One of the robbers was arrested with Rs. 8.5 lakh. The police chased his accomplices but they managed to escape.

According to police, three armed men entered HDFC bank in Mahamedha market at Surajpur around 8 pm. They overpowered the bank guard at gunpoint and entered the bank premises. They took four bank employees hostage and one of them asked the cashier to hand him over all the money. The looted money was put inside a bag and when they were about to flee, the police reached the bank and opened fire at the robbers.

The police got to know about the robbery through a PCR van, which was passing by the area when the robbers were at work. Sensing trouble, the PCR van alerted the headquarters, which sent a police party to the bank.

The robbers returned fire. In the cross-firing, five robbers managed to escape from the back door but the police was able to nab one of them who was drunk. Police are verifying the identity of the robber.

Superintendent of police (rural area) Ashok Kumar said, “Acting swiftly on the information, the police foiled the bank robbery attempt and recovered Rs. 8.5 lakh from the possession of the arrested robber. A reward has been announced for the police team. We will arrest the other robbers soon.”

First Published: Oct 16, 2012 23:52 IST