A gang of robbers on Thursday stormed Manappuram Finance in Gurgaon and looted over 32kg gold worth in excess of Rs 9 cr. This was the sixth time in less than six months that Manappuram Finance company’s branches have been at the receiving end of robbery.
The robbers also took away Rs 7.8 lakh in cash.
A gang of seven to eight armed men barged into the New Railway Road branch of Manappuram Finance in Old Gurgaon and cleaned out the vault.
On January 5, a branch in Chhattisgarh was looted. Last year, robbers struck at Manappuram branches in Kolkata, Thane, Nagpur and Jalandhar. Robbers have looted about 150kg gold worth over Rs 40 crore in the six strikes since August 2016.
The Gurgaon branch is located on the first floor of a building opposite Lal nursing home. Around noon, a man entered the branch, showing his Aadhaar card as identity proof. While he was doing that the one accompanying him push his way in.
The guard tried to stop them, but the assailants attacked the guard on the head with a sharp weapon. At that point, six other gang members rushed in. Then, the gang broke the rifle of the second guard and thrashed him.
The miscreants then sprayed snow over the CCTV cameras before pulling out their guns, ordering everyone to stand quietly against the wall of the room.
The assailants, at gun point, ordered a few staffers to open the vault in which gold was stored. After emptying the vault, they pushed the staff and customers into the strong room and locked it.
“They fled after locking the grille door from outside. It was all over in 18 minutes. After that we called police who came and freed us,” Krishna Kumar a branch staffer told a news portal.
A spokesperson for Manappuram said, “The interest of our customers and security of their gold jewellery is our priority. We confirm that the gold jewellery kept in the branch is fully insured and that the affected customers will not be put to loss on this account. We will extend our full cooperation in the investigations.
A police team reached the spot and freed those who were locked inside. An FIR has been lodged under various sections against eight `armed robbers’ at the Civil Lines police station.
They Manappuram, a non-banking finance company with its headquarters at Valappad in Thrissur, Kerala, has about 3,200 branches across 25 states.