Karachi: Bank robbed of Rs1.2m in DHA Phase VII
KARACHI: Four men robbed a bank of Rs1.2 million in DHA Phase VII on Wednesday afternoon and also injured two Police Foundation guards. SSP South Nasir Aftab said four men arrived at a Habib Bank Limited branch. When the Police Foundation guards deployed there saw them heading towards the bank carrying weapons, they told them to surrender their arms. The robbers opened fire on the guards and the latter retaliated.
Two guards were injured and the robbers entered the bank, looted the cash and escaped in their car. The two guards, Sultan and Asghar, were shifted to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, where they were in a stable condition.
“We had already warned the bank that the security measures in place at its branch in DHA Phase VII were unsatisfactory,” the SSP said.
The police officials of District South had visited the banks in their jurisdiction to check their security measures. On March 21, they had visited the bank where the robbery took place and found the security measures there to be unreliable.
“We told them to construct a check-post on the first floor of the bank,” the police official said.
On March 25, the police officials visited the bank again and saw that the management there had not paid heed to their advice.
“The bank staff first told us that the robbers had looted Rs0.2 million. They later said the amount was Rs0.9 million. But when visited the Darakhshan police station to register an FIR, they said it was Rs1.2 million.”
The police registered an FIR on the complaint of the bank manager. The looted money is insured.
“The police have taken the CCTV footage of the robbery into custody and are trying to prepare the robbers’ sketches,” the SPP said. “We have also verified the number of the robbers’ vehicle through police records.”
On Thursday, a bank on Allama Iqbal Road was robbed of Rs1.66 million. The robbers included a security guard at the bank.