Staff Reporter

An armed constable to be sent with those drawing huge cash

There will be no charge for the police service

There’s been a rise in attacks on people carrying huge sums

BANGALORE: A series of heists has prompted Police Commissioner Shankar M. Bidari to ask those drawing huge sums from banks to either seek police security or use licenced revolvers in the worst case scenario.

Talking to presspersons on Saturday, Mr. Bidari said those withdrawing more than Rs. 15 lakh could come to the police station and seek security. An armed constable would be sent, but “you have to drop him (the constable) back to the police station after your work is completed. We will not charge anything for this service.”

This step, he said, was taken in the light of an increase in the number attacks on those carrying huge sums of cash over the last six months. Gangs prey on such persons, Mr. Bidari said, adding that arrests in such cases of theft and dacoity took a long time.

He said it was advisable, in the case of huge transactions, to opt for a cheque or demand draft, but if carrying that much cash was inevitable, people should seek the help of the police. Besides, the withdrawer could exercise his right of self-defence when he was attacked.

“He can retaliate by using a licenced weapon,” Mr. Bidari said.

Cash missing

Jacob, a builder, lost Rs. 10 lakh withdrawn from the Union Bank of India’s branch around 11 a.m. in HAL police station limits on Saturday. When his car reached the Engineering Academy College premises at Marathahalli, he asked the driver to wait and went into the college building. Mr. Jacob returned to find someone had broken the window and made away with the bag containing the cash.

The police are questioning the driver.