Karachi: Rs4.5m taken away in DHA bank heist
KARACHI: Just a week after a bank robbery in Jackson Market, armed robbers on Friday struck a bank branch in Defence Housing Authority and took away Rs4.5 million without facing resistance. While the staff did not press any of the three security alert buttons installed in the branch, three bandits entered the branch one after another, took out pistols, relieved the guards of their weapons, collected the cash from the strong room and went off with the booty within three to four minutes. This was the year’s ninth bank heist in the city.
Last Friday, bandits took away Rs260,000 from the cash counter of a UBL branch in the Jackson Market area of Keamari. They did not go towards the strong room.
This time, however, armed robbers went straight to the strong room of DHA Phase II Extension branch of Bank Al–Falah, said police.
“It was around 12 noon when a man entered the branch and made inquiries for opening an account,” said Frere SDPO Zameer Ahmad Abbasi.
Soon afterwards, he said, his two armed accomplices entered the branch and deprived the two security guards of their weapons.
In the meantime, the one posing as a new client took out a pistol, concealed in a sock, and held the staff at gunpoint. The bandits collected Rs4.5 million from the strong room and fled on two waiting motorbikes towards Korangi Road, said DSP Abbasi.
The bandits, who also took away the weapons they had snatched from the guards, completed the task within three to four minutes, he added.
However, the police said, they did not take away the digital video recording system. CCTV footage was being examined by the police, said the officer.
“Considering the swiftness with which the heist was carried out, the suspects seem to have done their homework,” observed the SDPO.
“We have been making requests to the banks to build a bunker inside the branches in order to put up some resistance to robberies, but all our advice seems to have gone unheeded,” said another senior officer of the area.
An FIR (230/2012) was registered at the Defence police station under Section 395 (robbery) of the Pakistan Penal Code on a complaint of the bank manager.