A 45-year-old techie was arrested in Hyderabad after he attempted to rob a bank by brandishing a toy pistol on Monday. The accused has been identified as David Praveen, a former employee with Wipro in the city.
The police said that Praveen wore a burkha and entered the Karur Vysya bank at Manikonda at around 3:30 pm. After entering the branch, he approached the cashier and pulled out the toy gun, threatening to kill the employee, if money was not handed over to him. He was also reported to be carrying a dummy bomb.
While he managed to rob an amount of Rs 2.5 lakh from the cashier and run out, bank officials and customers outside the bank pelted stones despite his repeated threats to throw the dummy bomb on them. He was cornered and caught a little distance away from the bank and handed over to the police, according to media reports.
The police also had to offer him first aid and medical treatment as he received injuries from the attack. The accused said that he had lost his job around four months ago and had resorted to the move, to feed his family.
“Four months ago he joined some other company, but the new management did not pay him salary. David claimed he could not pay rent and also pressure was mounting on him from his family as the fee of his two children was due. To come out of financial problems, David hatched a plan to rob a bank,” Madhapur ACP N Shyam Prasad Rao was quoted as saying.
A case of robbery was registered against the accused under Section 392 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) based on a complaint by the branch manager of the bank.
The accused was sent to remand and further investigation is ongoing.