₹4.8 LAKH LOOTED FROM BANK IN MOHALI

Wield­ing a gun and knife, masked duo en­ter all-women branch with no guard dur­ing lunch break; af­ter fill­ing money in suit­case, flee in car; none of 5 staffers hurt

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - FRONT PAGE - HT Cor­re­spon­dent chandi­garh@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MOHALI: Two armed men fled with ₹4.8 lakh in a broad daylight rob­bery at the Pun­jab Na­tional Bank’s all-women branch in Phase 3A on Wed­nes­day.

It took the duo just three min­utes to or­ches­trate the crime as they en­tered the bank dur­ing the lunch break at 1:42pm and left by 1:45pm. There was no se­cu­rity guard de­puted out­side the branch, sit­u­ated on a se­cluded stretch near Ho­tel Cama.

The in­ci­dent comes a week af­ter bur­glars de­camped with an au­to­mated teller ma­chine with over ₹16 lakh from a PNB branch in Dap­par on the Chandi­garh-Am­bala high­way on June 10.

Five women em­ploy­ees were present in the bank, when the ac­cused, wear­ing face masks and gloves, reached there. While one pointed a gun and knife at the cashier and asked her to hand over the money, the other threat­ened re­main­ing em­ploy­ees to keep stand­ing at their po­si­tions and not raise the alarm.

Af­ter fill­ing the money in a suit­case, they left the premises and fled in a white Hyundai i20.

MASK OF ONE OF THE MEN FELL

No one was held hostage or in­jured dur­ing the heist, said superinten­dent of po­lice (city) Harvin­der Singh Virk, who rushed to the spot.

“The two men seem to be in their 30s. They were hold­ing an air pis­tol and knife. Mask of one of them fell when they were leav­ing the spot. We are try­ing to iden­tify them through CCTV footage,” he said.

A case has been reg­is­tered un­der Sec­tion 392 (rob­bery) of the In­dian Pe­nal Code be­sides the Arms Act at the Mataur po­lice sta­tion. Sta­tion house of­fi­cer Ra­jeev Ku­mar said po­lice in neigh­bour­ing dis­tricts have been alerted.

GURMINDER SINGH/HT

Po­lice car­ry­ing out in­ves­ti­ga­tions out­side the Pun­jab Na­tional Bank branch in Phase 3A, Mohali, on Wed­nes­day.

GONE IN 3 MIN­UTES: CCTV footage show­ing the rob­bers point­ing a gun at a bank em­ployee, and later leav­ing the premises.

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