Robbers loot Rs.3.4 mn from bank van, injure guard

April 17th, 2008 - 12:16 am ICT by admin  

New Delhi, April 16 (IANS) Two men waylaid a van belonging to a cooperative bank in west Delhi and looted Rs.3.4 million kept inside after shooting at the security guard Wednesday. The incident occurred around 4.20 a.m. when two men in a Santro car stopped the van belonging to the Maha-Medha bank near Punjabi Bagh area and fired three shots at security guard Avad Bihari Shukla.

Shukla suffered two bullets on each leg and one on his hand, while the other three employees - Naresh, Kuldeep and Vijay in the van - were uninjured.

The assailants escaped with the cash. The bank employees gave chase till a few kilometers but failed to catch them.

The employees also called the police control room (PCR), but the criminals managed to escape the police.

Shukla was taken to a private hospital where his condition is stated to be critical.

Police said the employees had first collected Rs.5 million from a bank and then deposited Rs.1.6 million in another bank in Punjabi Bagh area.

They were supposed to collect some more money from another bank when the heist took place.

“We have registered a case of robbery and teams have been fanned out to arrest the men,” said a police official.

Ashok Chawla, director of the Maha-Medha bank, told bank customers that the entire money was insured.

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