Tun­nelling into Navi Mumbai bank: Stolen valu­ables pegged at Rs 3 crore

The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI / STATE - KAINAZ CHOKSEY

Af­ter in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the Navi Mumbai po­lice have stated that gold and sil­ver jew­ellery worth Rs 2.85 crore was stolen dur­ing the heist at Bank of Bar­oda at Juina­gar branch on Sun­day night.

Ac­cord­ing to Suraj Padvi, Se­nior Po­lice In­spec­tor, San­pada po­lice sta­tion, “We are still cal­cu­lat­ing the amount of cash and jew­ellery stolen at the bank. Till now, the loss of valu­ables from 28 bank lock­ers is Rs 2,85,02,300.We have taken the de­tails from the bank cus­tomers on Tues­day. Thirty lock­ers were bro­ken by the rob­bers.”

Till now, the po­lice have as­sessed that 10, 578 grams gold jew­ellery, 6,391 grams sil­ver jew­ellery and a di­a­mond ring have been stolen from 30 lock­ers. Mean­while, the valu­ables kept in­side the other 80 bank lock­ers have been re­turned to the re­spec­tive own­ers.

Ten teams have been formed and sent to sev­eral states to trace the ac­cused. The bur­glars had sneaked into the bank by dig­ging a tun­nel from a nearby Balaji gen­eral store which was re­cently rented out. One of the teams has been dis­patched to Jhark­hand to trace Gena Bachchan Prasad, a ten­ant of the gen­eral store who had taken a room on rent since May this year. Af­ter the in­ci­dent, Prasad has gone miss­ing.

“We are sus­pect­ing that Prasad is in­volved in the heist,” said Padvi.

The mis­cre­ants had en­tered the bank by dig­ging a 25-feet tun­nel across five shops to break into the locker room of the bank. The da­coity took place at Sec­tor 11 at plot num­ber 6 near Juina­gar rail­way sta­tion.

The in­ci­dent came to light on Mon­day morn­ing when the bank re-opened and a staff mem­ber and a cus­tomer found the lock­ers in the trea­sury room dam­aged and re­ported the mat­ter to a se­nior. The cus­tomer had wanted to de­posit some valu­ables in the bank locker.

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