PAN, ad­dress used to rent shop fake; tun­nel rob­bers looted bank of ₹ 2.9cr

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY - Ge­orge Men­donca

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

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