Rob­bers dig tun­nel into BoB’s Navi Mumbai branch, loot 30 lock­ers

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DUR­ING the week­end, bur­glars drilled a sev­eral feet long tun­nel into Bank of Bar­oda’s Juina­gar Branch in Navi Mumbai and es­caped with valu­ables from 30 lock­ers. The tun­nel was dug through an ad­ja­cent gaala shop.

Se­nior po­lice sources from San­pada po­lice sta­tion told Fi­nan­cial Chron­i­cle, “There are a to­tal of 225 lock­ers in the branch of which 30 lock­ers have been bro­ken. All the cus­tomers of these 30 lock­ers have been in­formed about the rob­bery. Of them, 15 locker own­ers have re­verted to us and the loss es­ti­mated in these lock­ers in­clud­ing cash and jew­ellery is about Rs one crore. We do not sus­pect in­volve­ment of bank of­fi­cials.”

The value of the re­main­ing loot, which con­sists of cash and gold jew­ellery or what­ever, is still be­ing as­cer­tained added the po­lice source. The in­ci­dent came to light only when a cus­tomer had to go to his locker to de­posit some valu­ables on Mon­day morn­ing. When the cus­tomer and a bank of­fi­cer en­tered the locker room, they found that lock­ers had been bro­ken into. They also spot­ted a tun­nel in the room, which led to the ad­ja­cent shop. The bank was closed on Satur­day and Sun­day. Banks of Bar­oda’s chair­man and its top of­fi­cials were un­avail­able for com­ment.

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