TURA, Feb 22 � Police are yet to find any clue to the outrageous robbery of the Meghalaya Cooperative Apex Bank (MCAB) Tikrikilla branch on February 16 when a total of Rs 15,79,447 was stolen along with a DBBL gun and six computers.
While the modus operandi is still under investigation, the police suspect the hand of an inter-State gang in the robbery. An FIR was filed the next morning at the local police station.
According to the bank Branch Manager, the incident happened after 10 pm when the security guard left for his quarter. It was raining very heavily. When the guard came back the next day, he found the locks of the doors broken. Papers were strewn everywhere and the lock on the main vault was also broken.
The BM informed that the security guard has been placed under suspension for neglect of duty. He further said, �He should have had the gun with him during duty hours and should have been there to guard the bank which he did not�.
The bank which had a limit of Rs 8 lakh as the maximum deposit per day but on the fateful day the branch had almost double the amount. The manager explained that the extra amount was due to payments for IAY and other schemes, which were to be made the next day.
West Garo Hills DC Pravin Bakshi said, �We suspect the hand of an inter-State gang in the robbery. A police investigation is on. There had been another attempt on the same bank earlier as well and we suspect the same gang behind the current raid, he added.