The incident occurred in the hours before commercial operations at the Kalika Mandir branch of the bank had begun. At the time, the bank was being manned by an unarmed security guard.
Jalgaon SP M Rajkumar said the branch manager was injured in the thigh and was receiving treatment at a hospital. “The bank had not opened for customers yet. Only the outsourced cleaning personnel had entered the bank. Two people wearing helmets followed them inside. These two were carrying a knife,” the SP said.
They tied up the three cleaning personnel. Just then, the manager entered the bank. The robbers told him to produce the cash and valuables. When the manager resisted, the men stabbed him in the thigh and took all the cash in the chest — about Rs 17 lakh — as well as the gold jewellery mortgaged for loans. The SP said the duo fled the scene on the bank manager’s motorcycle.
“It is yet to be ascertained how the robbers came to the bank or if they had an informer,” the officer said.
The sniffer dog team and personnel of the forensic science laboratory visited the spot to gather clues.
A case under Section 394 of IPC has been registered at the Shani Peth police station in Jalgaon.