Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Dhenkanal, Nov 21:
Robbers decamped with over Rs 1 crore from the Dhenkanal branch of Odisha Gramya Bank, police said today.
According to reports, robbers broke into the Gramya Bank and looted Rs 1, 15, 50, 000 of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 denominations. The loot money consisted of old currency notes which is believed to have been exchanged by customers after the Centre demonetized the said denominations on November 8.
Police sources said cash stored in three boxes have been broken by the unidentified men. The burglars have broken 18 locks including three in the strong room.
While Rs 8. 85 crore was in the bank in 13 boxes which was to be deposited with the RBI, the robbers have broken three of them.
“Old notes of Rs 500 and Rs 100 amounting to Rs 1.15 crore has been looted from the bank,” Nabakishore Sahu, Branch Manager informed.
Notably, the bank was closed for the last three days and it was yet to be ascertained when the robbers struck.
Interestingly, the bank is hardly a stone’s throw away from the Town Police station and the criminals made away with the cash under the nose of the police.
While no guard was on duty during the time of the loot, police are hoping to get some leads from the CCTV footage.