PNB heist in Ghaziabad: Seconds of CCTV footage only hope to help cops crack the case
As of now, the police are banking on several seconds of the footage procured from the CCTV which were installed inside the bank strongroom.noida Updated: Jun 14, 2017 10:47 IST
The burglary at the ‘Kapda Mill’ branch of Punjab National Bank has thrown a serious challenge to investigators to nab culprits and also to recover valuables lost by customers.
The police have roped in several teams to work on the case. As of now, the police are banking on several seconds of the footage procured from the CCTV cameras which were installed inside the bank strongroom. “A person’s face is visible in the CCTV for a few seconds. But immediately he puts a cloth on it and we lose visuals. Some involvement of insider or a local is also suspected,” said Dhruv Bhushan Dubey, station house officer, Modi Nagar.
Police sources said that they picked up fingerprints of two-three persons. “The branch officials did not keep the cloth secure which was put on the CCTV. They wiped and cleaned the floor with it. Otherwise, we would have roped in the dog squad to trace the burglars,” an investigator said.
The branch officers said that generally a CCTV is not installed inside the strongroom as customers object to it. “We had one CCTV which was directed away from the lockers. The entire recordings from the branch are with police,” said Ashok Srivastava, branch manager.
The CCTVs at the branch were also checked by a private agency on June 9. Generally, the bank strongrooms have a covering of thick iron wall which was not present inside the strongroom. “The strongroom was constructed as per 1971 specifications when the branch was opened. Once the branch closes, it is up to the police to provide security,” said Rajinder Sharma, deputy circle head, PNB.
The police said that in the FIR, the branch officials have stated that 11 lockers were broken. But branch officials said that it was their initial assessment and the number rose to 30 once they verified it again. The police have sought another written report about the actual number of lockers broken during the incident.