Hazaribagh: Armed men looted Rs 50 lakh from two nationalised bank branches in Hazaribagh and Giridih districts of Jharkhand in separate incidents today.
Five men, flaunting sophisticated fire-arms, entered the Bengabad branch of Union Bank of India under Bengabad police station of Giridih distirct and looted Rs 28.12 lakh, police said.
Assistant Manager of the bank, Shiv Kumar said the robbers assaulted the bank staff and forced them to open the locker at gunpoint.
Superintendent of Police Akhilesh B Beriar said intensive search was launched to track the looters.
Earlier in the day, four armed men looted around Rs 22 lakh from the Ichak branch of Allahabad Bank after threatning the Deputy Manager and cashier at gun point, said Hazaribagh Superintendent of Police, Anoop Birthare.
The gang escaped towards NH 33 on two-wheelers, Birthare said adding that a massive search of vehicles have been launched following the incident.
Meanwhile the SP formed a four-member special team headed by the Deputy SP Dinesh Kumar Gopta to apprehend the culprits.
The SP also checked the CCTV footages and alerted the adjoining police stations of the district, he said.
This was the third incident of bank robbery in Ichak during the last one year.