Armed miscreants held the staff and customers at the gun-point in Baroda Gramin Bank branch in Sultanpur and escaped with Rs 8 lakh on Tuesday.
As per reports, half a dozen miscreants reached Hariharpur branch of Baroda Gramin Bank in Lambuha locality of Sultanpur on Tuesday noon. While two remained on a bike, the other four entered the bank. One of them barged inside bank manager RP Singh’s cabin and held him at the gun-point.
In the meantime, another aide took the cashier at the gun-point while two others held the staff and customers at the gun-point. Later, handing out life threats, the robbers stashed the available cash and fired in the air to terrorise locals before fleeing the scene.
Later, bank manager RP Singh raised an alert and informed the police after which senior officers, including Faizabad Range DIG Onkar Singh, Sultanpur SP Anurag Vatsa reached the spot. They collected CCTV footage and questioned the manager and bank staff about the modus operandi of the masked gunmen.
Later, DIG Onkar Singh said that the remaining cash was counted to confirm the amount looted and so far the bank claimed that Rs 8 lakh were looted. Singh also claimed to have formed three teams to track down the miscreants.
A day before, on Monday, bike-borne miscreants tried to loot cash from Allahabad Bank in neighbouring Amethi district. In the process, they shot at two persons but failed in executing their nefarious design. Piperpur branch manager of Allahabad Bank Ankit Rawat, along with assistant manager Raghvendra Mathur and cashier Ajay Kumar, were going to deposit Rs 20 lakh in the main branch in a car. As they crossed Babuganj Bazar in Piperpur area of Amethi, two bike-borne miscreants tailed them and later opened fire at the driver and assistant manager Raghvendra, injuring them critically. But before they could snatch the cash bag, the manager threw out two bags containing clothes and some papers to divert their attention. Gulping the bait, the robbers took the bags and escaped. The injured were later hospitalised from where they were referred for Trauma Centre in Medical College in Lucknow.