Two youths arrested for bank robbery

Shillong, Sep 21: Police have arrested two persons for their involvement in robbing a bank last week from the outskirt of the city.

According to East Khasi Hills Superintendent of Police, S. Nongtnger on September 16, an armed robbery had taken place at Meghalaya Rural Bank, Ksehbilat Branch.

In the incident two masked men entered the branch at about 5:15 pm-5:30 pm when only the lady branch manager was present in the bank.

Nongtnger said that the robbers locked the branch from inside and forced her to open the strong room. 

“However, due to her courage and presence of mind of failing them to open the safe, the robbers robbed an amount of Rs. 10,000 from the branch manager and took away the DVR of the CCTV to prevent detection,” the East Khasi Hills police chief said.

An FIR on the incident was lodged by the Regional Manager, Meghalaya Rural Bank on September 17 at Madanrting police station.

The Officer In-Charge, Madanrting Police Station and the investigating officer, S.I. S. Kharbuli immediately took up steps to investigate the matter and to identify the culprits.

“Following their hard work, a raid was conducted on September 21 night in the house of one of the suspects at Pomlakrai, Mawtharia,” Nongtnger said.

In the raid, one Heavy Jones Kurkalang, (25), was arrested after admitting to the crime and the weapon he used for the robbery was recovered under his mattress.

Later Shiningstar Wahlang, (23) was arrested from Wahkdait, Dong Pata, Madanrting Block-G.

The DVR which was taken away was also recovered from the pond at Wahsnait.

Police said that the investigation team will be further interrogating them to ascertain their involvement in other criminal cases and will be submitting a charge sheet in this case shortly.


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