Next door to police station,Muthoot branch looted in broad daylight

Four assailants barged into a branch of gold financing company Muthoot Finance in Outer Delhi’s Rohini area on Friday and escaped with cash and jewellery worth an estimated Rs 1 crore.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:June 23, 2012 1:47 am

Four assailants barged into a branch of gold financing company Muthoot Finance in Outer Delhi’s Rohini area on Friday and escaped with cash and jewellery worth an estimated Rs 1 crore.

Sources said the assailants destroyed the CCTV cameras before fleeing. However,a senior police officer said,“The CCTV cameras were not working.”

They stabbed the security guard and assaulted a woman staff before fleeing on two bikes. Incidentally,the branch is located in Rohini’s Aggarwal E Mall,just 10 metres away from the Rohini South police station.

The incident was reported around noon on Friday when the four assailants,armed with knives and country fire arms entered the bank,police said. Sources said that one of the assailants was unmasked and entered the bank as a customer while the other three had covered their faces.

“When they were standing outside,the woman staff told the guard,Rajiv Mishra,to open the door,” said a senior police officer.

As soon as he opened the door,the assailants entered the premises. “They stood there for a few seconds before overpowering Mishra. The guard fought back and a scuffle ensued. One of the assailants then stabbed Mishra in the back of his head and his waist,” said the officer.

Meanwhile,the other assailants told the staff members to hand over cash and valuables. “One of the assailants walked up to the female staff member and slapped her,telling her to hurry up. They then entered the strong room and managed to take Rs 1.3 lakh cash and gold jewellery worth Rs 50 lakh to Rs 1 crore,” said the officer. Before leaving,sources said,they locked the staff inside the strong room so as to prevent them from informing the police.

However,Mishra,who had by now regained some strength,fired two rounds from his double barrel rifle. The assailants then got out of the bank and were heading downstairs,when Mishra ran out with his rifle and fired another two shots in the air screaming he would “kill them” and “not let them go”,police said.

Police said despite hearing the gunshots,the assailants did not panic and reportedly walked out of the branch and fled on their motorcycles.

Personnel posted at the Rohini South police station came out only after they heard the gunshots.

Prabhat,an accountant at a property dealer’s shop below the bank,said,“I was inside when I thought I heard a tyre burst. I came out and saw nothing. Later,I heard the same sound and again I saw nothing outside. Later,I came out only when I heard people shouting. But by then,the assailants had fled.”

The mall has space for 60 shops but reportedly has an occupancy of only 12 per cent. However,Deputy Commissioner of Police (Outer) BS Jaiswal said,“A case has been registered. Investigations are underway.”

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