Five armed dacoits loot Rs 7 lakh cash from UCO Bank’s Gondegaon branch in Kanhan

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 Aug 2017 09:57:32


Kanhan Correspondent,

Second dacoity at gun-point in 3 months

Masked dacoits damaged bank’s CCTV recorder

Five special teams formed, said Addl SP

Five armed dacoits looted Rs seven lakh cash from Gondegaon branch of UCO Bank on Friday. Flashing guns and knives, the masked dacoits entered the bank, locked the bank officials inside a room, collected the cash and fled after ransacking the bank in a bid to destroy CCTV instruments. The armed dacoity sent shock waves across the district as this is the second dacoity under jurisdiction of Kanhan Police Station in last three months. The cops have formed five special teams to nab the dacoits.

A senior police officer informed ‘The Hitavada’ that five masked dacoits stormed into the bank at 4.30 pm when the bank officials were busy counting cash. Assistant Manager Raju Nagrare, Cashier Sujay Singh Chouhan and peon Vijay Meshram were present in the bank. On seeing the masked youths in the bank, the Assistant Manager asked them to remove their masks but the dacoits did not respond.

Suddenly, they took out guns from their pockets leaving Nagrare and Sujay Singh flabbergasted. The peon came to rescue of the bank officials but he too was cowed by the goons who held him at point of a sharp-edged weapon. The goons asked the bank officials to keep mum even as two others moved towards cabin of cashiers where they collected the cash amounting Rs seven lakh and stuffed it in a bag.

Later, the dacoits moved to search the CCTV instruments in the bank and started ransacking the furniture. After observing CCTV recorder, they smashed the instrument. Before fleeing the spot, the goons gathered the bank officials and locked them in strong room and locked them inside after snatching their mobile phones.

A police officer informed that goons also pocketed Rs 4,000 cash from Sujay Singh’s purse and gold ring and Rs 10,000 from the Assistant Manager. After fleeing the spot, the accused locked the bank from outside and threw the mobile phones in the bushes. However, an employee of the bank managed to keep a mobile phone with him and he informed one Mrutyunjay Singh, who was also associated with the bank, and he immediately rushed to the bank and rescued the bank officials.

Staff of Kanhan Police Station along with sniffer dogs and finger print experts rushed to the spot. The cops immediately relayed the information to Control Room of District Police.
Senior Police officer including Additional Superintendent of Police Narsingh Sherkhane and staff rushed to the spot and gathered preliminary information from the officers on the spot.

Sleuths of Local Crime Branch also swung into action to zero in on the criminals. The police learnt that the goons drove in a Grey-colour Innova car, the cops are collecting addresses of those who own Gray-colour Innova car registered in the district.

Additional SP Narsingh Sherkhane told ‘The Hitavada’ that the CCTV was badly damaged by the dacoits and it has been of no use. “We have formed five special teams to investigation the case and teams are pursuing various leads,” he said.

Sources informed that cops are examining role of local elements in the dacoity as presence of anti-social elements was very high in the vicinity.
Police Inspector Ravindra Gaikwad, PSI Agase are further investigating the case. The bank is situated about seven kilometers from Kanhan town.