Robbers loot over Rs 7 lakh from Axis Bank branch in Tarn Taran
Three armed robbers on Friday looted a branch of the Axis Bank in Naurangabad village, 10 km from Tarn Taran. The robbers also fired two shots inside the bank before leaving.
The robbers, who had covered their faces, looted Rs 7.2 lakh at gunpoint. The incident was recorded in closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras installed in the bank but their faces were covered . The miscreants, in their 30s, had come in a white Ford Ikon. The incident took place around 2.30 pm.
Superintendent of police (SP) Tilak Raj said, “We have examined the CCTV footage, but faces of robbers were covered. The district has been cordoned off and robbers will be nabbed soon.”
As per information, there were six staff members, including the bank guard. Though the guard had a gun but could not use it out of fear. At the time of the robbery, there were also many customers in the bank.
The miscreants pointed guns at the bank staff and asked cashier Harpreet Kaur to give them all the cash available in the bank. After looting the cash, the robbers opened two fires — one at the bank’s computer and another at a CCTV monitoring screen.
This is the third bank robbery during past two months in the district. On October 18, four armed robbers decamped after looting a Punjab National Bank (PNB) branch in Jamarai village, 20 km from here. The bike-borne robbers, looted Rs 6,63,945 at gunpoint, after thrashing the bank staff. The Tarn Taran police had arrested the accused involved in this robbery.
On November 3, three unidentified armed robbers decamped after looting the Axis bank in Ghurakwind village, 40 km from here. The bike-borne robbers had covered their faces and looted Rs 6.04 lakh at gunpoint. This dacoity is still unsolved.