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Armed man loots Rs 7 lakh from SBI branch in Mohali

Gone in five minutes: Barged into unguarded branch in broad daylight; police find security lapses

punjab Updated: Jul 26, 2017 12:12 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mohali
It took the armed man just five minutes to loot the unguarded SBI branch.
It took the armed man just five minutes to loot the unguarded SBI branch. (CCTV grab )

It took just five minutes for a masked man who came armed with a gun to loot an unguarded State Bank of India (SBI) branch at Phase 7, Industrial Area, in broad daylight on Monday. The robber reached the bank around 2.20pm, when there were around five staffers present on the premises.

He took out his gun and asked the cashier to put money in a bag. Taking around Rs 7 lakh, he rushed out of the bank around 2.25pm. The robber got into a Volkswagen Jetta car parked a few metres away from the bank.

Meanwhile, two bank employees who ran after him tried to stop him.One of them, Ashwini, a peon, said the robber ran his car over his feet, injuring him. The bumper of the car, too, got damaged during the melee. A witness said he saw the robber coming from the bank, chased by the bank employees. Some cash fell on the ground. Despite the efforts of the two pursuers, he managed to flee in the car.

A case has been registered under Section 382 (theft after preparation made for causing death, hurt or restraint) of the Indian Penal code at the Phase-1 police station.

‘Car used in crime was stolen’

Police claim the Volkswagen Jetta used by the robber had been stolen. They said they are investigating a case in which a sedan of a similar make was stolen. Deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Alam Vijay Singh said the cops are checking the closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage to nail the robber.

‘Will take action against bank’

The absence of a guard and security alarms made the crime a cakewalk.  DSP Alam Vijay Singh said lapses were found in the bank security system, as it was unguarded and has no security alarm.

“We will take necessary action against bank, as the police have directed all banks to keep a guard at their branches and ATMs,” he said.  The SBI officials refused to comment.

First Published: Jul 26, 2017 12:11 IST