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Abortive bid to rob bank

Staff Reporter

BERHAMPUR: A burglary attempt on the old town evening branch of Rushikulya Gramya Bank (RGB) in the city in wee hours of Sunday was foiled due to its electronic security system.

This branch is located at Satyanarayan Temple Road in the city. According to police sources the burglars had made the attempt on the branch at around 3.30 a.m. Although hearing the siren of the electronic security system of the bank, residents of the area and a police patrol reached the spot, yet the burglars managed to escape. City police has started investigation to nab the burglars with the help of a scientific team and sniffer dogs.

After making an on the spot survey the manager of this branch of the RGB RBS Patnaik told newsmen that the burglars had not been able to loot anything from the branch. According to him the burglars had made much effort to enter the bank premises. They had cut open a large overhead iron grill to reach the portion of the building where the branch of the bank was located. Then they had cut open the iron grills of two windows to enter into the rooms of the branch.

Once inside the burglars had tried to disconnect the security alarm system. In their attempt they had cut down the telephone connection of the bank. Searching for the cash chest of the branch they had tried to reach manager's room in the first floor. On their way they had tried to snap the cables of the security system that connected the manager's room. They had not succeeded in their attempt and the security alarm had gone off. Hearing the alarm locals of the area gathered up near the branch. Police patrol also reached the spot. By the time police entered the building the burglars had managed to escape.

Similar burglary attempts are not new to the city. Several shops and houses in the city have fallen prey to similar burglary attempts. Last year the District Level Bank Security Committee (DLBSC) had recommended all banks in the district to enhance security measures in the branches following increase in burglary and dacoity attempts. In September last year burglars broke into the branch of State Bank of India (SBI) at Ankushpur village on the outskirts of the city but had only managed to escape with three computer monitors and a CPU.

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