Cashier shot dead in daylight bank dacoity in Dwarka
New Delhi: In a sensational incident, a 42-year-old cashier working with Corporation Bank was shot dead on Friday by six criminals when he tried to prevent them from looting cash from the bank in Chhawla in Dwarka. The robbers barged into the bank at around 3:45 pm and when they tried to snatch the money from the cashier Santosh Kumar he resisted their attempt, the assailants who were armed with guns shot dead the cashier, police said. "Two bullets hit him. The robbers escaped with over Rs 2 lakh," an officer said.
Kumar, an ex-army man was rushed to a hospital in Najafgarh but was declared dead by doctors. The police said about six armed criminals, with their faces masked, came on two motorcycles, barged into the bank and snatched the security guard's rifle threatening the bank employees brandishing their weapons in the air. It is said that the criminals straightaway went to the cashier and started firing at him as soon as he resisted their robbery attempt. There were customers too in the bank at the time of the incident. The robbers who are said to be on bikes tried to create panic by shooting the cashier so that they receive minimum resistance. However, Santosh Kumar, the cashier, resisted the attempt and was shot dead.
The bank which is in the one kilometer distance from the Chhawla police station was soon cordoned off by the police teams. The crime team too reached the spot to get crucial evidence from the spot. It seems that the criminals were aware of the CCTV in the bank and hence were masked. The cops are now checking the CCTV footage of the area to ascertain how many assailants were inside the bank at the time of the attack.
Police suspect that the robbers had done a recce before striking. In the evening, the senior police officers including the Joint Commissioner of Police reached the spot and analysed the sequence of events. Police have formed teams to work on the criminals involved in such daylight robbery. The investigators also suspect that this could be the handiwork of local criminals but are also scrutinising the hand of Haryana-based gangs. "The entire crime has been captured on CCTV and efforts are on to identify the accused," said an officer.