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Vijaya bank robbery: Probe extended to Bengal

Vijaya bank robbery: Probe extended to Bengal

Kasargod: The police investigation team, probing the robbery at VIjaya Bank branch at Cheruvathur here, has decided to extend the probe into the case to West Bengal as they suspect the burglars, that reportedly include some migrant workers, might have fled to that State.

The sketch of the main accused person will be released on Tuesday. The sketch was prepared based on the clips caught in the CCTV in the bank.

Kasaragod: In the second such incident in the district this month, about Rs 4.50 crore worth gold and Rs three lakh in cash were looted from the public sector Vijaya Bank branch at Cheruvathur here.

Employees of the bank detected the robbery only Monday morning after a two-day holiday.

District Police Chief A Srinivas said 19 kg gold along with the cash kept in three lockers had been stolen.

The robbers had gained entry into the bank in the first floor of the building by drilling through concrete slabs. A group of migrant labourers had been engaged in remodelling works in the ground floor to run an outlet, he said.

A special squad led by Circle Inspector K E Preman was formed to probe the robbery, he said.

Preliminary investigations suggested that the robbery would have taken place on Saturday itself, Kanhangad DySP K Harishchandra Naik said.

In a daring daylight robbery on September seven, a group of five masked men had decamped with nearly 21 kg of gold ornaments and Rs 12 lakh in cash from the Eriyal branch of Kudulu Service Co-operative Bank in the district.

Later five persons were arrested in connection with the heist and half of the looted ornaments was recovered from them.

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