Crime Scene-3

Rs 0.75m looted, police save bank


By Jamil Khan | KARACHI


SIX robbers looted Rs 725,000 from a private commercial bank located within the jurisdiction of Gulberg Police Station while another bank within the same jurisdiction was saved from four robbers after a brief encounter on Saturday.

A private bank located at the Al-Noor Society of Gulberg Town was robbed at 9:15 am by six robbers. They entered the bank and faced no resistance from the security guards. They held the bank’s staff and the customers as hostages and then successfully looted Rs 725,000 from the counters and lockers. The robbers also had acquaintances, waiting outside the bank, with the get away car.

SP Gulberg Town Allauddin Abbasi told Daily Times that it is not easy to rob a bank equipped with private security guards and close circuit cameras but neither the security guards nor the bank manager made any attempt to resist.

“The bank entrance has a wide glass door and the security guard could see the robbers entering as a group. They snatched the security guard’s weapon and held the staff and others as hostages. The manager also sits in a room which has glass walls and could have pushed the alarm button but he did not do so,” he said.

Abbasi said that one of the security guards sat inside the bank near the manager’s room and could have fired to alert the policeman sitting outside the bank, who had no idea that a robbery was taking place.

“Before leaving, the robbers also took the video made by the security cameras installed in the bank,” he said.

He further said that the robbers opened lockers and took anything that even money but fortunately, they missed an envelope that had foreign currency including dollars, euros and bonds worth Rs 1.5 million to Rs 2 million. Abbasi said that they registered an FIR on behalf of the bank manager and started the investigation.

In the same vicinity the police arrested four bandits outside a private bank that were aiming to rob.

SP Abbasi said that four robbers later identified as Changez Khan, Zaibullah, Sanghar Khan and Saeedullah were seen outside the bank behaving suspiciously. “When police officials questioned them, they attempted to run away under the cover of firing but the police managed to arrest them a few minutes later,” he said.

He also mentioned that a case against these robbers had been registered.

-Published in Daily Times

~ by jamilkhan on November 30, 2008.

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