Muzaffarpur, Nov. 27: The district police have asked all banking institutions to install closed-circuit television (CCTVs) cameras inside and outside the buildings to keep a tab on criminals.
The directive came after two criminals looted Rs 5.8 lakh from Radha Kant Thakur, a retired policeman, on November 24 near the main branch of the State Bank of India at Red Cross building in Companybagh. Thakur was looted at gunpoint in an autorickshaw.
Senior superintendent of police (SSP) Rajesh Kumar said a gang of criminals from Katihar district are operating in Muzaffarpur town and are targeting the bank customers.
The SSP told The Telegraph that the police team investigating the case of loot was “shocked to find that the CCTV at the main building had developed a snag”.
The district police have taken a strong exception to the snag and have asked the bank authorities to “set it right”.
“It was carelessness on the part of the bank officials, who did not have a clue that the CCTV installed in the building was not functioning,” Rajesh Kumar said. Deputy inspector-general (Tirhut range) Bacchu Singh Meena said he has directed the station house officers of Mithanpura, Kazi Mohammadpur, Town, Sadar, and Barhampura police stations to press the bank officials to install CCTVs in the banks under the jurisdiction of the police stations.
“We have asked all the nationalised as well as the private banks to install CCTVs, which help the police in investigating cases of loot,” the SSP told The Telegraph.
The SHOs have also been directed to meet bank authorities and make surprise inspections to ascertain the current status of the functioning of CCTVs installed there.