Four armed men rob Rs 26 lakh from IDBI Bank in Punjab’s Batala

Two of the miscreants entered the bank first and pointed a pistol at the cashier, asking him to handover all the cash in the bank.

punjab Updated: Aug 25, 2018 10:25 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, Batala
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In a broad daylight robbery, four armed masked men barged into an IDBI bank branch at Jaito Sarja village, around 10km from Batala, and looted Rs 26 lakh on Friday. The bank, which was without a guard, falls under the Ranger Nangal police station. The men used a Hyundai i-20 car in the crime, according to shopkeepers near the bank.

The shopkeepers informed the police, after which a mobile team of the Batala police rushed to the spot and tried to intercept the miscreants.

However, the men gave the police team the slip, using the umpteen link roads that dot the crime spot. At the time of the robbery, there were five employees in the bank.

Two of the miscreants entered the bank first and pointed a pistol at the cashier, asking him to handover all the cash in the bank.

Witnesses said, a minute later, two others entered and cornered the other employees by pointing their guns at them as well.

A terrified cashier handed over Rs 26 lakh to them and before fleeing, the miscreants broke the CCTV cameras installed in the bank and also took away the DVR.

IG (border range) Amritsar, Surinderpal Singh Parmar, who was in the city in a function, rushed to the spot and sounded an alert in the district.

Within minutes, nakas were laid on all roads leading to Amritsar, Jalandhar and Gurdaspur.

Batala SSP Opinderjeet Singh Ghumman said, “Leads have emerged. On the statement of assistant bank manager, Ishan Mahindra, the police have booked unidentified people under sections 392 (robbery), 427 (mischied causing damage to the amount of Rs 50) and the Arms Act. A special team has been formed to crack the case.”

“The role of insiders cannot be ruled out. We are questioning the bank staff,” he added.

First Published: Aug 25, 2018 10:25 IST