The absence of security guard made the crime a cakewalk. The robbers got away on two motorcycles, taking a narrow lane to the back road, even though its usual traffic must have delayed them and given police some time to catch up.
Police commissioner Jatinder Singh Aulakh and his deputy, Dhruman Nimbale, inspected the scene of crime and checked the security-camera footage of the armed men. Forensic experts gathered a .32-bore-revolver shell from the spot and found that bullets had created a big hole in the ceiling. “The four robbers included a turbaned man,” said Aulakh.
Bank was warned
Police don’t rule out the involvement of bank employees in the crime. Division Number 5 station house officer (SHO) inspector Beant Juneja had cautioned the bank many times to appoint a guard, even written to it in December 2015. Even a spate of ATM burglaries have failed to teach banks caution. Of Ludhiana’s 800 ATMs, almost a half remain unguarded. On July 1, police commissioner Jatinder Singh Aulakh had also warned the banks. In 2010, inspector Maninder Bedi, then SHO of Division Number 8, had first warned a bank repeatedly to deploy a guard and, finally, downed its shutters for half a day to force it to hire security.