Tinsukia: A gang of six robbers tried to rob a Maruti Van in broad daylight near Bharbheta Bengali village under Bordubi Police Station in Tinsukia District; however, the attempt was foiled by the smart van driver.
As per reports, the gang of six robbers carrying arms was chasing the Maruti Van in motorcycles, when they spotted by the car driver and accordingly, he exceeded the speed limit which resulted in the robbers to call off the pursuit.
Robbers also open fired targeting the car driver, but, he managed to escape from the spot safely.
It is to be noted that the driver was carrying cash Rs 26,50,000 inside the car, the amount was reportedly withdrawn from Tinsukia Axis Bank on the same day. Moreover, the cash amount was supposed to be distributed amongst the tea garden workers at Mahakali Tea Estate as daily wages.
Meanwhile, Bordubi Police team is carrying out an investigation in connection to the incident.
So far no arrests have been made from the area.
Apply the following tips to avoid being a victim
- Carry as little cash as possible.
- Consider the convenience of paying your accounts electronically (consult your bank to find out about other available options).
- Consider making use of cellphone banking or internet transfers or ATMs to do banking.
Tips to businesses to avoid being a victim of cash robberies
- A small business which is cash-based and needs to deposit money on a regular basis at the bank should heed to these tips which will minimize the chances of them being victims of robberies:
- Alternate the days and times on which you deposit cash.
- Never make your bank visits public, even to people close to you.
- Do not openly display the money you are depositing while you are standing in the bank queue.
- Avoid carrying money bags, briefcases or openly displaying your deposit receipt book.
- It’s advisable to identify another branch nearby that you can visit to ensure that your banking pattern is not easily recognizable or detected.
- Refrain from giving wages to your contract or casual labourers in full view of the public rather make use of wage accounts that can be provided by your bank.
- Refrain from driving to the bank in your company branded vehicle on a typical ‘pay day’.
- Consider arranging for electronic transfers of wages to your contract or casual labourers’ personal bank accounts.