SBI branch looted, one dead, three detained

KAIMUANTHANG MANGTE
CCPUR, 4th Sep: In a daring broad daylight robbery, the State Bank of India (SBI) branch in Churachandpur was looted of approximately Rs 1.15 crore by a group of unidentified armed miscreants on Friday morning.
The group allegedly shot and injured a staffer-cum-security of the bank, who later succumbed to his injuries.
The deceased, identified as Arambam Ranjan Meitei (37) s/o (L) Arambam Kumar of Zoveng Khuga Tampak Meitei Leikai, was a security-cum-staff under Writer Safeguard Company and employed by the bank as an ATM security guard. He was hit with two bullets on his right abdomen. A late report said that three persons have been detained for questioning and district police is making all efforts to arrest the looters. According to the report, Churachandpur district police received information from its district hospital outpost at about 11.15 am that one person shot at by miscreants in front of SBI Churachandpur main branch office was brought to the hospital in critical condition.
A police team immediately rushed to district hospital and found the man unconscious.
The injured person was referred to Shija hospital, Imphal for further medical treatment but succumbed to injuries on the way.
Churachandpur PS registered an FIR No.67(09) 2020 CCP-PS u/s 392/302/34 IPC & 25 (1-C) A. Act for investigation, the report said.
Later in the evening, a protest rally was taken out in the township to condemn the shooting and demand arrest of the culprits.
According to reports, the incident occurred around 10.30 am Friday when the bank staffers were loading money into a Bolero (NL07/C- 9242) in front of the Churachandpur SBI main branch office, which was to be deposited in various ATM booths across the town. The miscreants allegedly shot at Ranjan and then took off with around Rs 1.15 crore.
The injured security guard was immediately rushed to Churachandpur District Hospital and later referred to SHIJA Hospitals, wherein he breathed his last at 1.30 pm.
Prior to his death, Ranjan informed that the money had been carried away by the miscreants. Sources confirmed that the SBI branch is one of the busiest branches of the bank in the town. Following the incident, the district police headed by additional SPs (Ops) Lawrence and (L&O) Sivananda surveyed the crime scene and conducted preliminary investigations. They also took in two of employees of a private security agency for questioning.
However, preliminary enquiries in and around the spot have revealed that no one heard any sound of gunshots except for the deceased security guard.
Later, DIG Range-III Romanus Angam visited the crime scene around 4.30pm.


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