No CCTVs in banks give crim­i­nals an ad­van­tage

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab. bhuyan@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

NAVI MUM­BAI: Even as the city po­lice re­quested bank of­fi­cials to in­stall CCTV cam­eras on their premises sev­eral months ago, only few of them have im­ple­mented that so far.

Tak­ing ad­vanta g e of ab­sence of such cam­eras at banks, crim­i­nals have now started cheating cus­tomers of their money and other valu­ables.

One such in­ci­dent took place at Pan­vel on Thurs­day.

So­nia Nishikant Shelke, 24, went to a na­tion­alised bank to de­posit Rs35,000 in her ac­count around 1pm.

As she was count­ing the money near the bank an uniden­ti­fied per­son ap­proached her and told her there were two fake cur­rency notes in her bun­dle. He then vol­un­teered to check her notes.

“The vic­tim took him for a gen­uine per­son and gave him the bun­dle. The cul­prit some­how took Rs 33,500 from it and re­turned only Rs1,500 to her. It was only af­ter he left the spot, the woman re­alised what had hap­pened and came to us,” said a po­lice of­fi­cer from Pan­vel city po­lice sta­tion.

“We have reg­is­tered a case un­der sec­tion 420 of the In­dian Pe­nal Code against the uniden­ti­fied cul­prit. How­ever, there were no CCTV cam­era in­stalled any­where in the bank and hence we have not been able to trace him so far,” he said.

De­spite re­peated at­tempts the man­ager of the bank was un­avail­able for com­ments.

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