Rawalpindi: Armed robbers loot Rs2.75m from HBL branch
RAWALPINDI: Five gunmen robbed Rs2.75 million from a branch of the Habib Bank Limited (HBL) at Dheri Hassanabad falling in the jurisdiction of Civil Lines Police Station, here on Wednesday after injuring its manager and security guard on their resistance, police said.The incident took place 15 minutes after the bank opened for public dealing at 9:15 a.m., police said adding that the robbers disarmed the security guard after thrashing him and took away his gun with them. Police reached the scene after over 45 minutes of the occurrence, when the robbers had probably left the town, the bank employees said, criticising the usual lethargic attitude of police.
Police, quoting the statement of bank officials, said that five robbers barged into the HBL branch, located on the main road of Dheri Hassanabad. They scattered in different corners of the bank and held staff members and clients at gunpoint after disarming security guard Mohammad Ramzan, who was equipped with a gun.
The robbers, as they entered into the bank, thrashed the security guard when he tried to intercept them and snatched his gun. “Two of them straightaway went to the cashier and asked him to get aside,” the staff members told police adding that they later demanded the key of the strong-room, but when operation manager Chaudhry Shafqat Ali resisted they started beating him with butts of their guns and wounded his head, police said.
The gunmen, after getting complete control over the bank staff and clients, as they were detained in a room, collected cash from the cash–counter and strong-room, filled it in bags and escaped from the scene. Eyewitnesses told police that three of them walked to the bank while two were on a bike.
Police, putting the responsibility for robbery on the bank management, claimed that the bank was not meeting the SOPs set for the bank security. Police were not sure that the CCTV cameras of the bank were functional.
Later, police found the gun snatched from the security guard of the bank from the Harley Street.