BARA: First time in Bara, robbers robbed a bank and escaped with Rs6.5 million cash on Thursday.

TNN correspondent reported that for robbers wielding pistols came to the bank gate in Bara Bazaar in Khyber tribal district and pushed the security guard inside the bank and put a gun on his head with a warning that he would be shot if he moved. The robbers also made the whole bank staff and customers hostage on gun point and asked everyone not to move. They snatched mobile phones from the staff and broke these mobile phones and also the computer screen to make sure that no one seeks help from outside.

The robbers put the money into a bag and escaped quite easily. A police team reached the bank after the robbery and initiated investigation by collecting evidences. The police also received the CCTV footage of the robbery and arrested two suspected persons for interrogation.

Bank Manager Fayyaz Khan said four armed robbers, who were hiding their faces, entered the bank, took the staff and customers hostage, and then escaped with the money.

Conspiracy against peace

The people of Bara in Khyber district have expressed grave concern over bank robbery in the area and termed it a conspiracy against peaceful environment which has been achieved after huge sacrifices.

The tribal elders, youth and traders have demanded the government to arrest the culprits and award them exemplary punishments.

Khyber Union leader and social activist Farooq Afridi said Bara Bazaar remained severely affected due to militancy for 20 years. He said the business activities resumed in the area after a long pause with the sacrifices of security forces and local people. He said the area is back on track to development and business activities are also gaining boost with passage of time, but incidents like this spoil all the hard work.

Farooq Afridi said such acts are being carried out in Bara to sabotage peaceful environment and dent the confidence of investors. He demanded thorough investigation into the incident from all angles and severe punishment to conspirators who are disturbing peaceful environment of the area.



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