Purulia, May 29 (UNI) Armed miscreants today looted nearly Rs 7 lakh from Suisa branch of United Bank of India, the second such crime this week in the district after dacoits plundered Rs 5 lakh from UBI's Adra branch.
District Superintendent of Police Asok Kumar Prasad said about ten men in Khaki clad arrived on three motor cycles and barged in the bank at lunch hours (1400 hours) and asked the bankmen to hand over whatever cash they had in the coffers.
The branch, although situated in a thickly populated area, about 80 km south-west of this town, had no armed guard, Mr Prasad said.
After collecting booty, the miscreants fled with their two wheelers towards Jharkhand. The scene of crime is about three kms from Jharkhand border, branch manager Santanu Bhador.
Mr Prasad said they were investigating whether the Maosists were behind the crime as the area was dominated by them.
Five years ago a locker of this branch was burgled, police added.
On May 27 dacoits robbed Rs 5 lakh from UBI's Adra branch, which has no armed guard.
No one had been arrested so far in the first loot.
UNI XC PC DB1846