The Manager of the Indian Overseas Bank (IOB) Branch in Keelkattalai where a daring robbery occurred on Monday was warned barely four days ago to install Closed Circuit Television Network (CCTV) and engage security guards, sources in the Chennai Police said. Soon after the robbery in the Bank of Baroda (BOB) Branch on the Rajiv Gandhi Salai here on January 23, senior police officers held meetings with representatives of various banks to sensitise them on the urgent need to install CCTVs and engage trained private security personnel.

“The officials in the IOB Branch in Keelkattalai were also alerted less than a week ago by the Madipakkam police…they claimed to have written to their higher authorities seeking sanction,” an investigator told The Hindu . Explaining how the modus operandi of the robbers was the same as in the BOB Branch case, he said the suspects looked like north Indians and conversed in English. “One of them spoke in Telugu. Soon after entering the bank, he warned the employees and customers to move into a room by saying ‘lopala po…lopala po' (meaning go inside).” Since the looted money was from the teller's cash counter, there was record of any serial numbers pertaining to the currency notes. As in the earlier robbery case, the accused locked up all the bank employees and customers in one room and took away their mobile phones. The cashiers who had gone out for lunch returned and opened the room, police sources said.