It would have been India’s biggest bank robbery had the robbers succeeded in executing their plan. But a quick thinking policeman’s daredevilry prevented the gang from emptying the coffers of the Axis Bank chest branch located in Ashok Nagar area of Jaipur.
Around 12 people reportedly tried to break into the branch on the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday. The chest had Rs 925 crore at the time when the robbers tried to loot it.
CCTV footage showed around a dozen men emerge out of an SUV. They climbed over the main gate, overpowered a security guard and tried to break open the shutter to enter the bank.
At this juncture, a constable stationed at the bank spotted the robbers trying to break in. Without wasting a second, he fired a shot in the air scaring the gang who fled immediately.
The cop, identified as Sitaram, alerted the police who arrived at the spot within minutes. By this time, the gang had escaped. The Jaipur Police is studying the CCTV footage to find the robbers.
According to reports, the bank was not following the security norms laid down by the Reserve Bank of India. The police says that no alarm went off even as the robbers breached the gate and that the money which was outside instead of the strong room.
Jaipur Police has filed a case of dacoity against unidentified persons. According to reports, a request for a gallantry honour for the cop has been made.