Armed robbers flee with Rs 1 crore from bank to J&K’s Kathua, SIT to investigate

On Sunday evening, unidentified gunmen broke into a branch of HDFC bank at Hatli Morh in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir and decamped with nearly Rs 1 crore in cash. A special investigation team has been set up to investigate the theft, police said.

Bank staff members alerted local police to the incident on Monday morning after opening the office and seeing open trunks containing cash, officers said, adding the night guard was tied up. The police registered a case and opened an investigation.

Police sources, citing the bank guard, said there were two robbers who wore masks and spoke in Punjabi and Dogri. They entered the bank through the roof of the building and tied up the guard, the sources said, adding that the guard was unarmed. Afterwards, the robbers broke the locks of the safes which contained money, stuffed the money into their bags and escaped through the roof. They said the thieves also tried to break into the bank’s safe, but were unsuccessful.

Pointing out that the cash stolen from the bank exceeded the branch’s holding limit, a senior police officer said they were also investigating why the bank kept so much cash in safe deposit boxes over the weekend. -end.

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Kathua Police Superintendent RC Kotwal said he has set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) led by the DSP (Headquarters) to investigate the matter under the supervision of the ASP of Kathua.