Bank customers to get police protection in Vadodara

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Vadodara, Oct 21 (UNI) Close on the heels of robbery of Rs 10 lakh cash from a city businessman in broad daylight, police have decided to provide special security cover to valued bank customers across Vadodara.

In a circular issued to all nationalised, private and co-operative banks across the city, Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana has directed the authorities to inform police about customers withdrawing more than Rs 5 lakh in cash.

Apprehending the possibility of looting of individual customers and corporate houses withdrawing huge cash from banks ahead of the Diwali festival, Mr Asthana assured police protection to all needy customers.

Armed policemen, in plainclothes, would escort the customers as part of a precautionary measure to check the possibility of loot by miscreants he said.

The decision was taken two days after one Vedprakash Yadav, owner of a transport company, was looted of Rs 10 lakh cash by a three-member bikers gang near Golden chowkdi, when the former was on his way to his Ajwa Road residence, after withdrawing the cash from Bank of Baroda branch at Karelibaug.

Police were yet to find any clue about the bikers who created an accident drama with the victim's car and fled with the bag containing the cash as he stepped out of his vehicle to defend himself.

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