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Thefts at Noida bank locker,Sector-48 house

Despite many loots and thefts at banks in Noida ,neither the banks nor law enforcement agencies seems to have learnt a lesson.

Written by Pragya Kaushika | Noida |
June 12, 2009 1:56:08 am

Despite many loots and thefts at banks in Noida ,neither the banks nor law enforcement agencies seems to have learnt a lesson.

On Thursday,thieves broke into the locker of Corporation Bank,one of the oldest banks in Noida and robbed Rs 22 lakh in cash and jewellery. Madan Sharma,a businessman dealing in railway goods,had gone to check his locker in Corporation Bank’s main branch in Sector 26. He was shocked to find his cash and jewellery worth lakhs missing.

“I went to the bank manager and told him of the theft,around Rs 10 lakh in cash and jewellery worth Rs 12 lakh. He paid no heed to my complaint as he was sitting with another customer. The staff at the bank was not cooperative,” alleged Sharma.

According to the victim,he had last checked his locker on May 30. The money and jewellery was intact.

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The bank’s chief manager S Sathu said,“The customer may have forgotten to lock the locker and someone might have stolen the valuables upon finding it open.”

The police believe it might be the handiwork of an insider. “Every time a bank locker is looted,the onus lies on the customer to prove he had not left it unlocked. We believe that it could be an insider’s job. We are interrogating bank staff,” said SP (City) Ashok Tripathi.

Meanwhile,another case of robbery was reported in Sector 48. Bhupinder Singh,a businessman,had gone to a hospital in Paschim Vihar with his family. His domestic help Arun was at alone at home,right next to the police station in Sector 49.

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“I sent one of my factory workers home to bring a folding bed. He then called me to inform that the door was ajar and Arun was nowhere to be found. We informed the police,who arrived to find Arun tied up and the house robbed,” said Singh.

The police said that three robbers posed as metre-reading officials from the electricity department to gain entry to the house. Cash worth Rs 30,000 is reportedly missing apart from jewellery whose value is yet to be estimated.

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First published on: 12-06-2009 at 01:56:08 am

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