Patna Bank Robbed, Criminals Get Away with Rs. 7.89 Lakh in Cash

Bank officials assessing damage at the crime scene.

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Patna: A day after criminals in Patna emptied four Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) belonging to different banks getting away with several lakh rupees, armed criminals in the city on Thursday afternoon held up the Rajiv Nagar branch of Bandhan Bank escaping with Rs. 7.89 lakh in cash.

The incident occurred around 3:00 pm when seven armed masked men entered the bank located on the first floor of a four-storied building under Rajiv Nagar police station. Robbers then forced the bank employees and a few customers who happened to be there at the time of the robbery to drop to the ground and not do anything that could result in their death.

As three armed men stood outside the bank to stop anyone from entering, the seven men ordered the tellers to empty their drawers and drop the money in a bag. They also destroyed the security cameras and the recording device in an attempt to destroy any evidence.

A crowd gathers outside the bank that was robbed on Thursday.

When a bank employee and a female customer tried to show some resistance, the robbers hit them with the gun leaving them bleeding and bruised. They then ordered the bank employees and customers to go in a room and after locking them from outside, they fled the scene with Rs. 7.89 in stolen money.

The whole operation took roughly ten minutes, a bank official who called the bank manager after the robbery, said.

Upon hearing the news, senior police officials including the Superintendent of Police (SSP) of Patna Garima Malik, DIG Rajesh Kumar, City SP Amarkesh and many others reached the crime scene to take stock of the situation and to collect forensic evidences.

“We will form a special task force to investigate the crime and bring the criminals to justice at the earliest, the new SSP said adding police will also be combing surveillance videos in the area to identify the getaway vehicle and the robbers.

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