Days after burglary, customers make beeline to SK Goldsmith Co-op Bank in Kinnigoli

MULKI : In the wake of the recent theft of gold and cash worth nearly Rs 4.63 crores from the SK Goldsmith Co-operative Bank at Kinnigoli, several anxious customers particularly women who had pledged gold in the Bank were seen visiting the Bank on November 23, Monday to ascertain if their gold was safe in the bank locker.
According to the police, the value of the stolen gold might be much more. Meanwhile, the absence of computer facility in the bank has given the staff a tough time to look into the record books to furnish details to the police regarding the stolen valuables.
The several women who had rushed to the bank seeking details of their gold, were sent back with a request to visit the bank after three to four days. The Bank staff have also told them not to panic.
Meanwhile, several customers were heard expressing their resentment against the Bank for putting up a poster on the door and near the main entrance as if to project the theft as an accidental happening.
Many even questioned why the Bank which was in a sound financial condition failed to appoint a security guard.
Local residents who recall how a theft of crores of rupees from a society in the Mulki Pachamahal building 20 years ago was hushed up owing to political lobbying, point out that the staff who were then in that society were now in the administrative board of the Goldsmith Bank giving groom for suspicion.
In toto, the Police Department has a big challenge ahead of it to trace the thieves behind this Bank burglary case.