In a loot that was scripted in a manner no less than a blockbuster movie, a group of masked men prised open 32 lockers at the Kanpur branch of the Union Bank of India. The loot was carried out by drilling a hole in a wall. Not just this, as per media reports, the burglars also disconnected all CCTV cameras and the siren at the bank branch. An open plot adjacent to the bank branch helped the men execute their plan. The alarm box of the bank was also recovered from the plot later on.
A PTI report quoted senior superintendent of police (SSP) Akhilesh Kumar as saying that the robbers broke open UBI’s Pashupati Nagar branch in Naubasta and decamped with cash and jewellery worth crores. The burglars were successful in opening 32 out of the total 220 lockers inside the bank by breaking them through a gas cutter. The police suspect that the loot took place on Saturday night as Sunday was a bank holiday. The bank officials could only come to know about the robbery when the branch opened on Monday morning.
The police suspect that the robbers took their time in executing their plan. As per media reports, the burglars also tried to break open the cash-strong room of the bank, however, they failed in their attempt. The robbery could have been even bigger had they been successful in their attempt to penetrate the room where the cash was stashed.
Kumar also informed PTI that Akhilesh Jaiswal, the Station house officer of Naubasta, was removed from his post after the loot that sent shock waves in Kanpur. As of now, the police are investigating the matter and forensic experts are helping out the police to find out clues.