Thunivu-style bank robbery foiled, man arrested in Dindigul

Indian Overseas Bank, RM Colony branch on Thadikombu Road in Dindigul on January 24, 2023, where the robbery attempt took place. Photo Credit: Karthikeyan

A 22-year-old youth allegedly attempted to rob a public sector bank in broad daylight on the busy Thadikombu Road in Dindigul on Tuesday.

According to the police, the accused has been identified as A Kaleel Rehman, a diploma holder from Begumpur in Dindigul.

Superintendent of Police V. Baskaran said his parents were daily wage laborers and Rahman, who did not have any proper job, used to help his brother in his juice shop. “Not satisfied with the low-paying job he was offered, he attempted to rob a bank, which he confessed was also motivated by this. latest tamil movie, thunivuStarring Actor Ajith Kumar To make quick money,” he said.

Preliminary investigation revealed that Rahman had reached the Indian Overseas Bank branch at RM Colony on Thadikombu Road, Dindigul around 9.20 am. He did Reiki in the bank for a week. In the absence of security personnel at the entrance, he freely entered the bank.

Seeing some people, including two women, inside the bank, he tied their hands with plastic ropes and threatened them with knives, pepper spray and chili powder. Police said Rahman used pepper spray on one of the protestors.

“As the branch manager was entering the bank’s entrance for work, a clerk who was tied up alerted him to the presence of a ‘robber’ inside. The manager, along with the clerk, managed to catch hold of the accused, pushed him into a room and locked him before alerting the police,” Mr Baskaran said.

The police reached the spot and caught Rahman. Mr Bhaskaran said no goods were taken by the robbers, against whom no case had been registered earlier.

On a complaint filed by Mohanraj, the bank’s gold appraiser, the Dindigul Town West police booked Rahman under sections 393 (attempt to commit dacoity), 394 (voluntarily causing hurt in commission of dacoity), 397 (robbery or dacoity with death or causing death). Attempt to cause) has been registered under IPC. grievous hurt) and section 506(i) (criminal intimidation) of IPC.

The accused will be produced before the judicial magistrate for remand.