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Rs 4.45 lakh looted from bank

CLOSE ON the heels of Jhijhank bank robbery, another group of armed criminals looted Rs 4.45 lakh from Kanpur Kshetriya Gramin Bank, Bithoor on Wednesday. Before fleeing, the desperadoes locked all bank employees in the locker room. The robbery was surfaced when the trapped employees raised an alarm and some passersby responded instantly. The police reached the site nearly two hours after the heist.

india Updated: Mar 23, 2006 00:09 IST

CLOSE ON the heels of Jhijhank bank robbery, another group of armed criminals looted Rs 4.45 lakh from Kanpur Kshetriya Gramin Bank, Bithoor on Wednesday. Before fleeing, the desperadoes locked all bank employees in the locker room. The robbery was surfaced when the trapped employees raised an alarm and some passersby responded instantly. The police reached the site nearly two hours after the heist.

Senior Superintendent of Police PC Meena, who visited the bank, said a police team under the SP, Rural, as the nodal officer had been constituted to solve the case. He said the criminals were in the age group of 20 to 25 years and their modus operandi matches with those involved in the Jhijhank bank robbery.

What is more surprising is that the police had no inkling about the robbery that took place at 2.35 pm at a posh locality like Bithoor and the police station is situated barely 500 metres from the site of the incident. At the time of heist, no armed guard was present in the bank.

A bank employee said two persons entered the bank to deposit Rs 1.5 lakh. Initially, bank staff refused to deposit the amount after 2 pm. The miscreants requested the cashier to deposit the amount, as it would not be safe for them to return with huge amount. Succumbing to their request, the bank officials permitted them to deposit the amount and even issued deposit slip. Then, the duo entered the bank along with two others.

After entering the bank , they took out country-made pistols and threatened the bank officials and forced them to the locker room. The miscreants spent about 15 minutes in the bank before leaving the bank with Rs 4.42 lakh cash.

The criminals made an easy escape through a by-lane near Valmiki Ashram.
Out of total four employees, only three Akhilesh Kumar Kureel, who was acting as the branch head, cashier KP Singh and a messenger (Chaukidar) Karuna were present. Branch Manager RK Rathore was on leave.

SSP PC Meena said, “A team of police officials led by SP rural area Ratan Srivastava has been formed to look into the case. The SOG will also help the team in the investigation.

He was optimistic that the miscreants would be arrested soon.

First Published: Mar 23, 2006 00:09 IST