Staff Reporter

Money taken away at gunpoint

Robbery committed while the cash is being transferred

Police not informed of the transfer done without security: SP

BHUBANESWAR: In a broad-daylight robbery miscreants decamped with Rs. 65 lakhs from employees of Neelachal Gramya Bank (NGP) near Begunia in Khurda district, about 40 km from here, on Thursday.

The remittance money was shifted from NGP’s Raj Sunakhala branch to its main branch in Bhubaneswar.

The bank had hired a private car and sent two employees -- one cashier and a messenger -- to deliver the money at the main branch.

At about 12.30 pm near Begunia, a man riding a motorbike came in front of the car forcing the employees to stop the vehicle.

In the meantime, two other miscreants had come by another bike from behind and ordered the employees and the driver to take their command at the gunpoint. Miscreants opened the car dickey and took out the tin box containing Rs. 65 lakhs. The cash was said to be mostly of Rs. 1000 and Rs. 500 denominations.

Before the employees could react to the situation after the dacoity, they robbers disappeared from the scene.

“We usually transfer the remittance money to our main branch every week. There had not been any problem. Since we do not have any armed guard, we shift money in a surprise manner,” General Manager of NGP’s Controlling Office at Khurda S. C Mohanty said.

He said Raj Sunakhala had recorded good transactions due to large presence of business community for which transfer of remittance money had been frequent between the branch and Bhubaneswar.

Superintendent of Police Ramesh Mohanty said the bank had not informed the police of the transfer of huge cash without adequate security arrangement.

Preliminary investigation indicated that there were three robbers involved in the crime, said Mr. Mohanty.

The SP said all the nearby police stations had been alerted about the bank heist. The police had launched a manhunt.