Rs.14.8 mn robbed from Gurgaon bank

July 2nd, 2008 - 11:39 pm ICT by IANS  

Gurgaon, July 2 (IANS) Five armed men robbed Rs.14.8 million in cash from a bank in Delhi’s suburb Gurgaon Wednesday afternoon. They herded at gunpoint the employees and customers into the strongroom of an Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC) branch at gunpoint, and then fled with the cash.

Four men entered the bank, took the employees and the security guard under their control at gunpoint while their fifth accomplice waited outside in a car, Gurgaon Police Commissioner Mohinder Lal told media persons.

All four men in the age group of 25-30 were stopped by security guard Inder Singh at the entrance of the bank.

“One of the four men said that they had to deposit Rs.5,000 in their savings account of the bank. On seeing the deposit slip, the guard said that it did not belong to this bank. However, another youth attacked the security guard, snatched his gun and dragged him inside the bank,” said a police official.

He said that all the four men took out their revolvers and asked everyone inside the bank not to move.

At that time, five employees and two customers were present inside the bank. The robbers then snatched the mobile phone sets and pushed the seven into the strong room of the bank.

According to the bank employees, the robbers took Rs.1.48 crore (Rs.14.8 million) cash and stashed it in a big travel bag. They left the strong room with the warning not to move.

Five minutes after the robbers left, the bank employees gathered courage to come out of the strong room and called up the police.

Sukhbir Singh, an eyewitness, said the four men tried to push him also inside the bank. “But I resisted their move and stayed outside. Sensing trouble inside the bank I called up my friend and informed him of some suspicious activity inside the bank. But the robbers had come out of the bank after completing their work three minutes later. I can recognize two of them,” he said.

The Haryana police sealed the borders of Gurgaon and neighbouring Faridabad to nab the robbers.

Police officials here said that a manhunt was on to nab the men involved in hiest.

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