PAN, address used to rent shop fake; tunnel robbers looted bank of ₹ 2.9cr
Navi Mumbai: After lessees of 28 of the 30 robbed lockers at the Juinagar branch of Bank of Baroda gave details of what has been stolen, the Sanpada police estimate the robbers fled with loot worth about Rs 2.9 crore.
On Monday, when the branch opened, it was discovered that robbers had dug a 40ft tunnel into the locker room from a nearby rented shop and decamped with valuables from 30 lockers after opening them with gas-cutters.
The cops have learnt that the tenant of Balaji General Store, from where the tunnel was dug, had submitted a fake PAN card to the real estate agent. “The tenant submitted a PAN card but did not give any address proof document. The agreement mentioned an address in Rajiv Nagar slum in Santacruz. When cops went there, it was found to be fake. When we verified his PAN card, it was also found to be fake,” said senior inspector Suraj Padvi of Sanpada police station.
Gena Bachchan Prasad had approached the agent, who had a table space in the office of the security firm at Bhakti Residency’s shop number 6 — adjacent to Balaji General Store, and readily agreed to a monthly rent of Rs 25,000 for the shop. He paid a deposit of Rs 1lakh to the owner.
“The police assessment is that the burglars have taken away 10,586 grams of gold, 6,391g of silver ornaments, diamond rings worth Rs 50,000 and Rs 70,000 in cash,” said DCP (Zone 1) Sudhakar Pathare. Valuables in 80 lockers which are safe have been returned by the bank to their owners as they had wanted. Two lessees of the broken into lockers are yet to connect with the police.
“In all, 55 tolas of gold ornaments have been stolen from my locker. Despite paying a deposit of Rs1lakh to the bank, there was no proper security for our lockers as the alarm bell did not ring after the burglars entered the locker room,” said Babanrao Gavhane, 60, a resident of Sanpada.
The lockers that were cleaned out