Bihar: Gold worth Rs. 10 crore looted from finance company
(Sourced from PTI)
Five bags full of gold, said to be worth about Rs. 10 crore, were looted by a group of armed robbers from the premises of a private finance company in Muzaffarpur, Bihar today. The robbers, about six in numbers, barged into the office of Muthoot Finance in Bhagwanpur locality and stole the bags of gold from the office safe. Read the details here.
Police said they're investigating the matter. "The employees of the company whose statements are being recorded, have claimed that all the robbers were armed with pistols and they took the manager at gunpoint forcing him to hand over the keys to the safe," they said.
The robbers barged into the office of Muthoot Finance after one of them hit the guard Manoj Kumar Jha with the butt of his firearm. "They came posing as customers, seeking a loan in exchange of gold. As I began guiding them inside, one of them struck the back of my head after which I fell down," recalled Jha.
Giving a first-hand account of the incident, Jha said, "I noticed them, while in a semi-conscious state, leaving the premises with bags in their hands." The employees of the company claim that one of them filled the five bags with gold kept inside the safe while his associates kept threatening other staff and customers not to raise any alarm.
The robbers decamped the premises without causing physical harm to anybody, said the police. "We are, however, investigating the whole thing. An intensive search operation has been launched in the town to identify and nab the culprits", they further said.