Armed robbers loot Rs 14L in Sundergarh

Bhubaneswar/Sambalpur: Close on the heels of back to back cash snatching incidents in Bhubaneswar recently, a similar incident in Sundargarh today has put the police on tenterhooks.

According to information reaching here, five unidentified armed robbers looted cash worth Rs 14 lakh from Indian Bank’s Sambalpur branch at Mission Road after brandishing a gun at the cashier. They also took away gold ornaments worth Rs 9 lakh from the bank’s strong room, sources said.

Before fleeing the spot in a four-wheeler, the robbers took away the CCTV recorder with them, sources added.

Sundergarh police has launched a massive manhunt to nab the robbers by sealing all the entry and exit points in the town. However no one has been arrested so far till the last reports came in.

Taking clue from the eyewitnesses, police suspect the miscreants are from neighbouring Jharkhand or Bihar.

On Wednesday, two bike-borne miscreants snatched Rs 1.2 lakh from a real estate developer near Damana square in Bhubaneswar after hoodwinking him.

On Monday, an employee of Patia Big Bazar in Bhubaneswar was looted Rs 12 lakh when he was on his way to deposit the amount in a nearby bank.