Robbery at Soneri Bank’s Branch on Khayaban-e-Ittehad

Robbery at Soneri Bank’s Branch on Khayaban-e-Ittehad - DHA Karachi

It took three days for a private security guard, who was deployed at a bank branch in the Defence Housing Authority (DHA), to change his loyalties and conspire to rob his new employer.

The incident took place on Friday, at the Soneri Bank’s branch on Khayaban-e-Ittehad, in DHA Phase VI, within Darakshan police limits. At least four robbers managed to enter the bank, and escaped with Rs2.5 million. Police officials said that a private security guard, who had been deployed at the bank since February 19, was involved in the robbery.

According to reports, four men arrived at the bank around 3.15pm. One man was dressed in shalwar kameez while the rest were wearing shirts and trousers. A police constable, Javed, and the accused private guard, Sarfaraz, were posted outside the bank, while another guard from the same security company, Shah Khan, was posted inside the building.

When the four men had arrived at the bank, Sarfaraz had told me that they were his friends, and that they had come to open a new account there, Javed told police officials. The men were then reportedly allowed to enter the bank without having to go through a security check.

They snatched the weapon of the other private security guard, Shah Khan, as soon as they entered the building, and then held everyone at hostage. They took away nearly Rs2.5 million from the cash counters and the bank’s automated teller machine.

Police officials later said that the culprits stayed at the bank for at least 15 minutes, and also took away the bank’s DVR system. Javed claimed that the private guard, Sarfaraz, had kept him busy with small talk outside the bank, and therefore he did not come to know what was happening inside until the culprits came out. He added Sarfaraz then also escaped with the robbers.

DSP Azam Baloch told The Express Tribune that both guards at the bank belonged to the same private security company. While Khan had been performing his duty since last year, Sarfaraz was deputed at the bank three days ago. Baloch added that police have approached the private security company which had sent Sarfaraz to the bank, and were looking for relevant data to trace him. No case was registered till the filing of this report.

Source: Express Tribune

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