In an audacious robbery, two men barged into a financial firm in broad daylight and made off with a booty of gold and cash worth more than Rs 3 crore.
The robbers, armed and helmeted, entered the gold loan wing of the India Infoline Finance Limited in BEML Complex on Jawaharlal Nehru Road in Rajarajeshwari Nagar, threatened the security guard and four employees, and fled with about nine kg of gold and Rs six lakh in cash, Pronob Mohanthy, additional commissioner of police, said.
The robbers came on a motorcycle and asked the guard if madam, the head of the company, was in office. He replied she was and passed them the visitors’ register. But they did not sign in.
One of them held the guard at knife point while the other entered the office, brandished a pistol to the manager, Bhamini, and asked her to hand over keys to the locker. Besides the guard and the manager, there were only two women employees and an office boy in the firm when the robbers struck, Hemanth Nimbalkar, joint commissioner of police, said.
Bhamini told him she was not the manager and did not have the keys. But the robber snatched her bag, fished out the keys and told her open the locker, or take the bullet. The robbers emptied the locker’s contents, gold jewellery and cash, in a bag and fled.
The police said the exact quantity of the gold is yet to be ascertained but it was between 9 kg to 10 kg. The firm, engaged in mortgage financing, had loaned Rs 2 crore against this gold.
Mohanthy said the police have registered and “police teams have been formed to nab the accused persons”.
The police are analysing footage from CCTV cameras at the firm. The police suspect the miscreants were familiar with the layout of the firm. They were helmeted so their faces couldn’t be seen and their gloved hands obviously did not leave fingerprints.