Ludhiana: At around 3:45 pm, from the Jawahar Nagar camp branch of the Punjab National Bank (PNB) four armed men robbed Rs 15 lakh. The thieves with their faces enclosed, got into the bank and fired gunshots. Their faces were covered with handkerchief. They held the cashier at gunpoint and made away with the cash in less than two minutes. Six bank employees and a customer were there in the bank at the moment of the occurrence. The bank is just a few feet away from Kochhar market police post. The police have acquired CCTV footage of the happening.
The police registered a case of robbery next to unidentified accused and forensic squad was called for investigation. Police has also further conveyed that they fled in the direction of a narrow street on motorcycles. As per police, this significant branch of the bank was issued a notice previous year to hire safety guards. This was not pursued through. Ludhiana police administrator JS Aulakh and DCP Dhruman Nimbale reached at the spot to investigate soon subsequent. This incident occurred on Monday. Two days after Police arrested the bank robbery and have recovered Rs 6 lakh of the booty, a pistol, five cartridges and a motorcycle from accused. The detained has been identified as Sukhwinder Singh, alias Moni, of Labour Colony, Jawahar Nagar Camp. Police representatives accounted that the other three accused had also been recognized.
The Main Lead Sukhwinder Singh is a hardcore criminal, who has been facing four cases of robbery and possessing illegal weapons in various police stations. Sukhwinder has been booked under sections 397 (robbery with attempt to cause death or grievous hurt), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 120 B (criminal conspiracy). Police rewarded Rs 2 lakh reward to the informer who provided the information about Sukhwinder.