Karachi: Guard, 3 accomplices rob Rs1.4m from bank
KARACHI: Four men robbed Rs1.4 million from a Sindh Bank branch on Tuesday morning near Liberty Chowk on Tariq Road. The robbers included one of the bank’s security guards. It was the current year’s 10th bank heist in the city. Ferozabad Sub-Divisional Police Officer Ghulam Murtaza Tabassum said the security guard involved in the robbery allowed three men to enter the bank at 8:30am when the employees were arriving there. One of the robbers took out a pistol and held the guard inside the bank and others hostage.
They then took Rs1.4 million from the cash room as well as the CCTV recordings and left in a car. “Sardar Khan, the security guard involved in the robbery was an employee of the Askari Security Company,” the police officer said. “His profile obtained from the security company says that he had arrived from Mingora, Swat and was hired around two months back. He was deployed at the bank 10 days ago.”
‘SOP not followed’
The police officer said the security company and the bank had not followed the recent standard operating procedure issued by the police department.
“The SOP states that the guards deployed at the bank will be first verified by the Special Branch and forensic division. An entry will also have to be made at the police station concerned.”
The SOP also requires the guards deployed at banks as well as their guarantors to be residents of Karachi.
But in Khan’s case, neither did the company or the bank report about him to the relevant agencies, nor was the address in his profile that of Swat.
A fake Karachi address was mentioned in his documents. “The two guarantors of the guard were also not residents of Karachi and their addresses mentioned in the documents were that of upcountry locations,” Tabassum said. “Of the two CCTV cameras at the bank, only one was functional while the other was a ‘dummy’.”