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Bogra Sonali Bank heist 8 more arrested, Tk 1.72 lakh recovered

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Bogra: Police in a drive on Sunday arrested eight more people, including the branch manager, in connection with the burglary of Tk 32.51 lakh from a branch of Sonali Bank in Adamdighi upazila of the district.
The arrestees are branch manager Shamsuddin Sharif, cahier Ajharul Islam, security guard Ruhul Amin, welling factory owner Abdul Latif and four carpenters- Nazrul Islam, Shariful Islam, Wahed Ali and Mridul.
Police arrested two guards of the bank, and an employee and the furniture shop owner suspecting their involvement in the incident on Saturday.
Meanwhile, police on Saturday night recovered Tk 1.72 lakh from the tunnel which the burglars dug to loot money from the Sonali Bank branch.
Manager of the bank branch Shamsuddin Sharif said the burglars abandoned the money while fleeing with the looted money through the tunnel. After searching the tunnel police recovered the money, he said.
Deputy General Manager of Sonali Bank Bogra zone Abdus Salam filed a case with Adamdighi police station against some unknown people in this connection.
Barely in one and a half months of similar incident in Kishoreganj, where burglars in a filmy style looted Tk 32.51 lakh from another branch of Sonali Bank after digging a tunnel into its vault.
The daring heist came to light on Saturday when employees of the bank’s Adamdighi upazila branch entered the vault room around 5pm.
The thugs dug the underground tunnel from a nearby furniture shop, ‘Biplob Furniture Mat’, to the bank vault.
 Officer-in-charge of Adamdighi Police Station Nazrul Islam said two gas cylinders and other tools used in breaking open the vault were recovered from the spot.
 He said they are investigating the incident and will launch a drive to recover the money.
Meanwhile, police arrested two guards of the bank, and an employee and the furniture shop owner suspecting their involvement in the incident.
Earlier on January 25, burglars had tunneled into the vault of Sonali Bank’s main branch in Kishoreganj district town and looted about Tk 16.40 crore.
The law enforcers, however, arrested the two burglars and recovered Tk 16.19 crore.

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