Karachi sees a spike in robberies ahead of Ramadan
The police said the suspects had broken into 34 of the bank's 260 lockers but fled with valuables from 31 of them since the remaining three were empty.
Karachi has started witnessing a surge in robberies days ahead of Ramadan.
On Sunday, dacoits made away with valuables stored in safe deposit lockers of a private bank and robbed a doughnut shop of cash in two separate incidents.
The robbers were able to clean out 31 lockers of a private bank near Sakhi Hassan Chowrangi.
The Owners of the lockers rushed to the financial establishment upon hearing the news of the robbery and criticized the authorities’ alleged neglect.
The SSP (senior superintendent of police) for Karachi’s Specialised Investigation Unit (SIU), retired Capt. Haider Raza remarked that the security alarm went off during the robbery, and the dacoits came face-to-face with the guards.
According to the SSP, shortly before the robbery took place, the private bank’s guard had gone for dinner.
However, as soon as he came back, the dacoits entered the bank alongside him.
The police said the suspects had broken into 34 of the bank’s 260 lockers but fled with valuables from 31 of them since the remaining three were empty.
Details of the lockers were collected while an operation to search for and arrest the suspects also began.
Separately, four armed robbers fled with ₨. 200,000 in cash from the outlet of an international doughnut chain near the Bait-ul-Mukarram Mosque in Gulshan-e-Iqbal.
The bank robbery marks the second such incident this year after armed robbers had last month looted more than ₨. 1 million from a bank in New Karachi.
Surveillance video shows the armed robbers firing shots as they fled the private bank.
The footage showed two men fleeing towards their motorcycles, with one carrying what seemed to be an AK-47 rifle and the other a pistol.
Authorities had said at the time an encounter took place between the robbers and police.
Nevertheless, the suspects managed to escape, with the man carrying the pistol firing two shots into the air, probably to terrify onlookers.
The four robbers had wounded two security guards of the bank by hitting them with the butts of their guns.
Police had said the muggers made away with ₨. 1,035,000.
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