Monday, May 29, 2023

Rs 10 lakh stolen from Union Bank of India in Bistupur


Jamshedpur : In a shocking incident of theft, a miscreant decamped with Rs 10 lakh from the head-cashier’s cabin in Union Bank of India’s Bistupur branch at Kamani Centre on Friday.

The cashier Jaya Majumdar took out Rs 45 lakh from the bank’s vault for giving out to the staff of Cash Management System (CMS). As Majumdar was talking to a customer a youth of around 25-years old snatched away two bundles after pushing open the head-cashier’s cabin.

The bank management soon informed the police, leading City SP, Karthik S, deputy SP, J Karketta and officer-in-charge Bistupur police station, Jitendra Kumar to arrive at the bank.

Sources informed that the surprising angle into the incident is that the bank branch has neither any security guard nor a CCTV camera.

City SP, Karthik S said that the investigation was on however, as per the initial information it was due to negligence on the part of the bank staff that the theft took place.

“There was no CCTV camera inside the bank nor there any security guard. Moreover, as there was a renovation work going on inside the bank premises the bank management should have asked the police to provide necessary security, ” Karthik pointed out.

Meanwhile, the police have registered a case of theft on the basis of a FIR lodged by the branch manager, Niranjan Kumar and have started probe into the case.

The RBI had stipulated that all banks in the district should install CCTV and other security gadgets in the banking hall as well as in peripheral areas of the branch for the safety of branches/customers by detecting the movement of suspicious people.

Banks have been asked to follow the security procedures suggested by the police and otherwise they will be held responsible in case of a heist.

Banks have to comply with the norms of the Indian Banks Association (IBA) on security. They cannot shy away from their responsibilities since they are handling public money.

Banks should adopt their ways and means to upgrade their security. The police were also planning to call a meeting of managers shortly to sort out the issue, he said.

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