In a scene straight out of a Bollywood movie, a robber carrying a gun entered a co-operative bank in Wagholi on Wednesday afternoon, looted cash of Rs 3.8 lakh from the cash counter of the bank after threatening the staff with the gun and fled along with the manager, whom he made drive his bike till it ran out of fuel and then fled.
The incident took place at the Wagholi Branch of Ashok Co-operative Bank on Pune-Ahmednagar Road around 4 pm, around 20 kilometres from the city.
As per the information given by Lonikand police under Pune Rural jurisdiction, the robber, in his 30s, has been captured on the CCTV cameras inside the bank.
Police Inspector Chandrakant Jadhav of Lonikand police station said, “As per our information, the robber directly went to bank manager Yuvraj Rokde. He threatened him with the gun, took him to the cash counter and made the cashier give away Rs 3.8 lakh. The people present in the bank and employees were too shocked to react. Some even fled out. The robber collected the money and made the manager come along with him outside the bank.”
“The robber made Rokde drive the bike and himself became the pillion rider. He took him till a distance when his vehicle ran out of the fuel. The robber then left Rokde and the bike near a petrol pump near Yewat and fled with the money,” inspector Jadhav said.
By this time, the bank employees had informed the police, which began their probe. Jadhav said, “The suspect had not covered his face and is visible in the security camera footage from the bank. Though his face is not very clear in the footage, we have clues about him.” An offence under Indian Penal Code sections for robbery, abduction and sections of Arms Act was being registered at Lonikand police station till late Wednesday evening.