A total of Rs 8, 07,000 was looted from a microfinance bank (Ujjivan Small Finance Bank) office situated at Marawari Patti in Alipurduar town yesterday night. The miscreants with precision cut opened the grill of
a window on the back side of the office and entered inside the bank while the office guard had no clue of the loot as he was on guard outside the main entrance gate of the bank, bank sources said. The bank authority has lodged a complaint with the Alipurduar police station today.

Police have started an investigation on the matter. Alipurduar SP, Avaru Rabindranath himself rushed to the spot in the morning to enquire the matter. Forest department’s sniffer dog, Karim was deployed on the spot to track the clues. Police then closed the office as the bank lacks proper security arrangements which is must to run a bank, police sources said.

Meanwhile,police have started interrogating the night guard as a part of their interrogation. “We have started a probe. We have to get acknowledged with the incident first. We have closed the bank because it does not have proper security arrangements,” said Alipurduar SP Avaru Rabindranath.

Yesterday’s robbery has sent a high alarm throughout the district as it marks the second such incident in the last two months. Notably, Rs 28 lakh was looted from the Bhatkhawa tea plantation situated under Kalchini police station in the district on 12 October.

Miscreants snatched a suit case full of money from three plantation staffs who were returning from a bank with the money for payments to the labors. Later, on 25 November, Rs 12 lakh was looted from a nationalized bank in Damanpur area near to Alipurduar town. This time the criminals broke the volt of the bank at Midnight and looted money.