1. Punjab National Bank’s Ghaziabad branch looted; thieves drill through 9-inch wall, losses run into crores

Punjab National Bank’s Ghaziabad branch looted; thieves drill through 9-inch wall, losses run into crores

The thieves drilled the hole in the wall of an empty office right behind the strongroom and accessed 30 of the 435 lockers in the branch before they made good their escape.

By: | New Delhi | Published: June 13, 2017 11:26 AM
Punjab National Bank, PNB, Modinagar, Ghaziabad, National Highway-58, Crime in UP, UP Police, Bank robbery, Ghaziabad bank robbery, crime in Ghaziabad, CCTV Over the weekend thieves broke into the strong room of the Modinagar Branch of the PNB. (Source: PTI)

In a scene which may have been lifted straight from a blockbuster movie, a bank was burgled in Ghaziabad. Over the weekend thieves broke into the strong room of the Modinagar branch of the Punjab National Bank (PNB). The thieves gained access to the strong room through a hole they drilled into the nine-inch wall from an adjacent plot. The PNB branch is located on National Highway-58 next to an L-shaped plot. The thieves drilled the hole in the wall of an empty office right behind the strongroom and accessed 30 of the 435 lockers in the branch before they made good their escape, according to a Times of India report.

The strongroom of the branch is guarded by two steel doors, that can only be opened by a set of two keys. The two keys are to be inserted together into the door’s lock. A security alarm and a CCTV are also installed in the bank’s vault. Even if the alarm did go off, no one would have heard it as the bank does not have a guard. The branch is dependent on UP Police Patrol vehicles for security, according to the same report.

Bank officials came to know of the burglary only on Monday when Anil Bhargav, a bank official, and Ajay Kumar, the head cashier opened the bank strongroom. SK Pancholi of the Punjab National Bank told the Times of India, ”On Monday morning when the bank officials opened the first of the two doors they noticed through the second door, which has iron bars like those found on prison doors, that things were strewn across the floor. We immediately called the police upon making the discovery”.

The burglars had drilled the hole six feet above the ground, right above the locker cabinet. The burglars did not open the bank’s cash reserves but stole a double-barrel gun kept in one of the lockers. Police had reached the bank with a dog squad and a forensic team which has picked up fingerprints from the branch. Police have recovered the tools with which the burglars drilled the hole, according to ToI.

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