Film 'Dhoom' inspires Haryana robbers; Bank looted by digging 125-feet tunnel
However, the robbery was discovered only on Monday morning, although police suggest that the crime was committed between Saturday night and early Monday. The manager of the bank said that the robbers were successful in breaking 90 of the 360 lockers at the strong room.
Interestingly, the tunnel was dug from an abandoned building located across a lane of the Punjab National Bank branch at the old bus stand locality of the township. Police have found two rooms in the bank filled with the tunnel dirt. The robber had, in fact, blocked the windows so that they are cut off from the outside view.
Gohana Deputy superintendent of police said that they are investigating the CCTV footage for identifying suspicious movements inside the bank; However, no CCTV cameras have been installed inside the strong rooms.
Considered to be the biggest of its kind, the robbery can be compared to the sensational Chelambra bank robbery in Malappuram district of Kerala in 2007. In this robbery too, the robbers had drilled through the floor of the South Malabar Gramin Bank and looted cash and Gold worth Rs. 80 million.
However, the four robbers, including the kingpin were arrested within a short time. Surprisingly, the mastermind confessed that he was inspired by the Hrithik Roshan-starrer Dhoom, which featured similar robberies.