Karachi: 9 bank robberies, no culprit arrested
KARACHI: Although the soaring ratio of bank heists in the city has become a matter of grave concern for every bank-account holder, the law enforcement agencies are still clueless in even identifying the groups involved, as nine bank robberies were committed from January till June 15. In an investment starved country where foreign and domestic investors take up no opportunity; this sort of crime has tarnished the image more in terms of business. At least three private financial institutions have so far been deprived of Rs 10.68 million only in the month of June. However, the law enforcers are presently busy in the stereotypical investigation.
According to official statistics, nine bank robberies were registered from January to June 15. The first bank heist of the year was committed at a branch of private bank located at Jamshed Quarter on January 31 where armed robbers whisked away with Rs 10 million in broad daylight. Investigator of this robbery said the security cameras of the said bank were out of order thus failing the law enforcers failed in identifying looters.
In the same way, the second bank heist was committed within Gulshan police remit where robbers took the security guards at gunpoint and looted Rs 2 million. In March, the culprits with the connivance of security guards plundered Rs 14.45 million foreign and local currency besides other valuables and CCTV footages from a private bank branch located in the limits of Nazimabad police station.
The fourth bank robbery of this year was committed in Gulberg on April 13 where the culprits managed to flee with a bagful of Rs 0.212 million within a minute. In the current year, the fifth and sixth bank robberies were made at Ferozabad and Saeedabad police stations where the branches of private banks were deprived of Rs 1.2 million cash and the weapons of security guards. The last three bank heists were committed only in June where the robbers looted around Rs 10.68 million cash.
The investigators were of the view that the culprits got detailed briefing before committing the robbery as in all nine bank heists were made in leaps and bounds.
They said the robbers in all bank robberies were well aware of the place where security alarms were mounted as they were not sounded. The robbers first deactivated the alarms and then directly go to the said counters where cash was present, they opined.
They said the chances of the involvement of outlawed organisations in these bank robberies could not be ruled out as the investigation agencies including Special Investigation Unit, Crime Investigation Department are working on it. They said the authorities concerned have to evolve a comprehensive strategy to cope with the bank robbers with iron hands.