Two guards were killed and two employees of a security agency critically injured when robbers,with covered faces,opened fire at them and escaped with a cash chest containing Rs 44 lakh from the ATM of HDFC Bank in Mumfordganj area of the city here on Friday.
The incident occurred at around noon on the busy Fawwara chauraha. The robbers also took the rifles of the guards but abandoned them at some distance. No breakthrough was made yet.
According to police,a cash van owned and operated by security agency Securitan had begun its day carrying Rs 74 lakh to be deposited at various ATMs of HDFC Bank. First,they deposited Rs 10 lakh cash at George Town ATM and then another Rs 20 lakh at the Sardar Patel Marg (Civil Lines) ATM. The van,in which three persons apart from two guards were present,reached the Fawwara chauraha ATM around noon.
The two guards – Satya Prakash Dwivedi (40) and Bhagirathi Tiwari (40) – stood outside the booth,while van driver Rupendra Singh (32) and two other employees – Santosh Mishra (30) and Mukesh (25) – went inside with the chest containing Rs 44 lakh.
Around 12.15 pm.,four persons,all muffled,on two bikes arrived and opened indiscriminate fire at Dwivedi and Tiwari,who collapsed.
Two of the robbers pulled up the shutter of the booth,which had been partially downed by the security agency employees. One of them fired another shot to break the inner glass door,which was locked from inside.
Inside,the robbers again fired shots. Singh and Mishra sustained gunshot injuries. Mukesh escaped miraculously. The robbers then took the cash chest and fled.