ISLAMABAD - A gang of five robbers looted Rs 1.35 million from a branch of a private bank in Tarlai and fled in a car, informed police on Thursday.

Heavy contingent of police rushed to the bank and started an investigation after recording statements of the manager and staff.

Station House Officer (SHO) Police Station (PS) Koral said the robbers looted cash from the bank due to negligence of security guards.  

According to police, a gang of robbers holding weapons in their hands arrived in a car at around 4:10pm, adding that while entering the bank, a security guard present on duty did not show any resistance. Following that, the robbers held the bank staff and a customer hostage at gunpoint and looted the money from the branch, added the police. After committing the crime, the robbers managed to escape from the scene in a car, police said. 

SHO PS Koral SI Shafqat Faiz said that the bank robbery occurred due to negligence of security guards as one guard was absent from duty. He said that the other guard had not shown any resistance to the gang of robbers. He said that police have obtained the CCTV footage from inside the bank as well as of the route robbers used to reach. 

“Police investigators have not only traced the car used by the robbers but also identified a robber,” he said, adding that police would soon arrest the accused.

In Rawalpindi, robbers burgled cash, gold, mobile phones and other valuables from a house located at Palala Mala Khan, in the limits of PS Kallar Syedan. Adil Hussain lodged a complaint with police that he was sleeping in the house when unknown robbers entered the house and looted Rs 50,000 cash, seven tolas of gold and mobile phones and fled. He appealed to police to register a case and to arrest the robbers. 

Another gang of robbers also looted gold and cash from a house in the area of Manga Jamat. The incident took place in limits of PS Rawat. Two motorcycles were also stolen by auto-theft gangs. Also, a female maid allegedly robbed cash and gold ornaments from the house of Najam-ul-Sehar. Rawat police registered cases and began investigation.