Daring robbery in nationalized bank in Kaliachak

Rs 20 lakh feared looted
Report by: 
SOUMYA DE SARKAR
MALDA
17 Mar 2017

In a daring attempt a gang of robbers looted approximately Rs 20 lakh from the branch of a nationalized bank located at Sujapur area under Kaliachak police station around 1.30 pm today. According to sources the gang of seven armed robbers entered the bank in guise of customers and five of them looted cash within 15-20 minutes keeping the manager and other bank employees at gun point while two others were allegedly on guard outside.
A large contingent of police from Kaliachak rushed to the bank after the branch manager Ujjwal Singh reported the incident to police over phone. Amarendra Kumar Roy, the chief regional manager of the bank and other senior officials too rushed to the branch immediately.
It has been learnt from police sources that three or four members of the robbery gang went to the branch manager’s chambers to speak to him as customers. As it was weekly prayer day for the minority community who are the major customers of the branch of the nationalized bank, the branch was less crowded around 1.30 pm. The robbers allegedly broke four of six close circuit television cameras and keeping the branch manager and cashiers at the gun point started looting cash from the counters. Looting the amount the dacoits fled through a nearby alley as told by the locals.
Singh, the branch manager and his deputy Kishor Agarwalla did not speak to media about the incident. But the branch manager lodged a written police complaint about the robbery. Roy, the chief regional manager said that robbers were carrying firearms and sharp weapons as was learnt primarily. Calculations were being done to know the exact figure of the amount of cash looted from the bank. Some CCTV cameras were damaged by robbers too.
Additional SP (Rural) Dipak Sarkar said, “Police went to the bank promptly after the robbery was reported by the bank authorities. A probe was started to identify and arrest the robbers.” Arnab Ghosh, the SP, Malda went to the spot to take stock of the situation.