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Sonali branch burgled again

Tk 32 lakh stolen

Our Correspondent . Bogra

Miscreants burgled into a Sonali Bank branch in Bogra by digging out a tunnel and took away at least Tk 32 lakh about a month and a half after a similar incident.
In the earlier incident, miscreants dug out a tunnel into the the vault of the main branch of the Sonali Bank in Kishoreganj and took away Tk 16.4 crore on January 25.
In Bogra, bank officials noticed the burglary at the Sonali Bank branch located at Adamdighi on Saturday afternoon when they went to the vault after the day’s transaction to keep money there.
Bank officials preliminarily suspected that at least Tk 32 lakh had been taken away from the vault. The police, however, later found Tk 8 lakh inside the tunnel.
The police detained four people, including two night guards, for interrogation, the Adamdighi police officer-in-charge, Nazrul Islam, said.
The officer said that miscreants had dug out the tunnel, spanning about 25 feet, into the vault from a furniture shop near by.
The police also seized two gas cylinders suspected to have been used in cutting the vault.
The detained are security guards Milon, 24 and Purna Chandra, 22, owner of the furniture shop Ashraful Islam and one of his employees.
The branch manager, Shamsuddin Sharif, said that they had closed the bank on Thursday night and found the vault broken on Saturday afternoon when they went to keep money there.
Sonali Bank’s assistant general manager Mahbubul Alam and other high officials visited the spot. They, however, declined comments.
In the burglary in the Sonali Bank branch in Kishoreganj that took on place on January 25, the Rapid Action Battalion on January 28 detained two suspects at Shyampur Balurmath in the capital and recovered about Tk 16.19 crore. The battalion said some branch officials had also been involved in the burglary.
A Bangladesh Bank investigation earlier also revealed that the Hallmark Group and five other companies had embezzled Tk 3,606.48 crore between 2010 and May 2012 by forging documents from the Ruposhi Bangla Hotel branch of Sonali Bank.
In yet another incident, crackers broke into the Sonali Bank computer network  and transferred $250,000 to a bank account in Turkey in September 2013 when the bank’s corporate branch at Shilpa Bhaban in Dhaka was transferring the money to the United Kingdom on behalf of a client in Bangladesh.

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