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Gold worth Rs 5cr, cash looted from Bihar bank

MUZAFFARPUR: Armed criminals looted gold jewelry worth Rs five crore and Rs 2 lakh money from the Bhagwanpur branch of a non-public financial institution, Mutthoot Finance, beneath the Sadar Police Station right here on Wednesday noon.

Sources said the miscreants had come on two motor motorcycles and entered the financial institution as shoppers on pretext of opening financial institution accounts. After committing the crime they fled south along NH-102. Interestingly, the financial institution is situated simply 50 metres from the Sadar Police Station right here.

Although the financial institution officials have been tight-lipped over the incident, a buyer who was once present at the financial institution all over the heist said that six youths have been concerned in the incident.

Giving details the buyer, who did not wish to be named, said that he had long gone to the financial institution for some work when six armed youths — all nattily dressed and clad in denims — barged in, and took all of the financial institution group of workers hostage at gunpoint.

“They even hit the financial institution supervisor with a pistol butt. The apprehensive supervisor passed over the keys of the vaults to the miscreants who then locked all of the workers and other shoppers in a room, packed the looted money and jewelry in five baggage and fled,” he said.

“It was once handiest after the criminals left the financial institution that we shouted for assist. On listening to the commotion, the protection guard standing outside came in and freed us. The police was once due to this fact knowledgeable concerning the incident,” he added.

Meanwhile, the financial institution supervisor, who gained head accidents, has been admitted in a non-public nursing house.

Muzaffarpur SSP Manoj Kumar said that raids have been on to arrest the criminals concerned in the incident. “We have cordoned off the all exit issues of the district. All police stations in the space had been put on alert. Most most likely the criminals are lying low for now. But they will be arrested quickly,” he said.

“We are seeking to acquire clues from the scene of the crime. We have additionally requested the financial institution officials to determine the precise worth of knickknack and money looted via the criminals,” the SSP said adding that preliminary investigation issues to the involvement of gangs of Vaishali and Chapra districts.

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