Armed robbers flee with Rs 1 crore from bank in J&K’s Kathua, SIT to probe

Unidentified gunmen on Sunday night stormed a branch of HDFC Bank in Hatley Moreh in Kathua District, Jammu and Kashmir and took away about Rs 1 crore in cash. Police said a special investigation team has been set up to investigate the theft.

The bank employees reported the incident to the local police on Monday morning after they opened the office and saw open boxes containing cash, officers said, adding that the night watchman is on hold. The police registered a case and launched an investigation.

Quoting the bank guard, police sources said that two of the robbers were wearing masks and speaking Punjabi and Dojri. The sources said that they entered the bank through the roof of the building and handcuffed the guard, adding that the guard was unarmed. After that, the thieves broke the locks of the boxes that contained the cash, stuffed them inside their bags and left them through the ceiling. They said the thieves also tried to break into the bank’s safe, but they were unsuccessful.

Noting that cash stolen from the bank exceeded the branch’s holding limit, a senior police officer said they are also investigating why the bank kept so much cash in boxes over the weekend.

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Kathua Police Chief RC Kotwal said he has set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) led by DSP (Headquarters) to investigate the matter under the supervision of Kathua ASP.

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