Karachi: 2 robbers loot millions in bank heist
KARACHI: Two armed men robbed a private bank after holding the three security guards hostage. They broke open 76 lockers, depriving the bank’s clients of millions of rupees in cash, foreign currency, jewellery, diamonds and other valuables, and then fled. A large number of locker holders gathered at the bank, located in the cantonment area in the jurisdiction of Shahrah-e-Faisal Police Station, when they found out about the robbery and shouted at the bank authorities, demanding their valuables back.
One of the two robbers was wearing the uniform of the bank’s security company and carried an identification card of the same company. They broke into the bank around 8:00 p.m. on Sunday. At the time, only the bank’s own security guard, Nizamuddin, 20, was present. Nizam told the police that the two men told him that they were sent by a bank official to check on security. They were talking in Pushto and suddenly turned on him, tied him up and switched off the lights as they entered the bank. “I do not know what they did next,” said Nizam.
The bank’s lockers are divided into two sections. The robbers switched off the CCTV cameras and then went for the section where the alarm was not fixed. Meanwhile, two of the bank’s security officers, Azmatullah and Ibrahim, came in to check on security at the bank. The robbers tied them up as well as soon as they opened the gate.
DSP Raza Hussain Shah said that the robbers were well trained and well equipped. They brought a gas cutter, a drill machine, hammers and other equipment, which they left behind. They fled easily around 12:30 a.m.
“This was negligence on Nizam’s part,” said the DSP. “He should have verified their identity before letting them in. He only checked their card.” The two guards who came in later should have informed the police immediately when they noticed all the lights were switched off.
It is interesting to note that none of the three guards carried a weapon. Azmatullah managed to escape after the robbers left by knocking over the chair he was tied up in and then biting through the ropes. “The staffers first informed their head office and then the police at around 3:00 a.m.,” said DSP Shah. In the meantime, bank manager Amjad Ali Qadri arrived and found that the robbers had looted the lockers. The bank authorities then informed the Shahrah–e-Faisal police, who immediately reached the bank to look for information and evidence.
“We are investigating the case and questioning the three guards,” said the DSP. The police have made sketches and launched investigations after registering FIR No. 811/08 on behalf of the bank manager against unidentified men.
No footage: There was no footage available, since the robbers switched off the CCTV cameras, said Shah, adding that the robbers could not take away everything they took out of the lockers. On August 15, 56 out of 246 lockers were robbed at a bank in Preedy area.