In an appalling incident, a lone criminal posing to be armed with a pistol looted Rs 9.12 lakh after barging inside the cash counter of United Bank of India’s branch located on the busiest station road near Patna railway junction.
City SP said criminal entered at 3.04 pm and exited branch at 3.06 pm. “Police reached the spot at 3.11 pm.”
SSP Garima Malik said police suspect the criminal was posing to have a firearm which he actually didn’t have.“He was spotted putting cash in a bag with both hands. He was also not spotted putting any firearm anywhere in CCTV camera footage before starting to pick money,” Malik said, adding, prima facie it seems criminal knew the branch well as he was moving around easily.
She also said the role of the employees would be investigated as cashier himself was spotted assisting criminal by holding bag and putting cash in it during loot. Cashier Vikash Kumar said criminal threatened him to quickly take out money. “Jaldi se paisa nikalo nahi to goli maar denge… Koi chalaki nahi karega.. (Take out money quickly or I will shoot. None will try to act smart),” the cashier said, quoting the criminal when he had entered inside his grilled counter.
As per media reports, there were at least 25 persons including 15 bank employees inside the branch when loot took place. No siren was switched on after looting by bank employees. In addition, the branch was running without any security personnel for a long time.
For the uninitiated, with loot on year’s last day, the total tally of incidents of bank dacoity and loots across the state reached 14 which is the second-highest jointly with the year 2014 and 2015. Maximum 21 such incidents were reported in 2011.