A gun-wielding man tried to rob a bank here on Wednesday, but he was stopped by a tall female manager.
The man, identified as Iqbal Mallik from West Bengal, went to the Begur Catholic Syrian Bank branch on Wednesday, saying he wanted to open an account. He then took a gun out of his bag, lined up the staff and asked them to hand over all the money at the counter.
At 2 pm, Mallik entered the bank, on the main road of Devarachikkanahalli, wearing a helmet and a mask. He went to the room of operations manager Divya R. He repeatedly asked her to remove the helmet. Once he did, he realized he had come two days early to open a bank account. When he asked for her documents, she pretended to look for them in her bag. He told her he forgot to bring his PAN card.
He put his helmet back on and pulled a gun from his bag, according to the complaint. He threatens Divya and signals her to hand over the money. A terrified Divya calls Umesh TS, the branch manager.
When he came, Mallik pointed a gun at them both, as well as two other staff members, Shilpa and Arun. He made them all stand together and asked for money. They told him cashier Dundappa was away, and had locked his cabin.
Mallik allegedly told them he was going to load the magazine and pull the trigger. He also threatened customers inside the bank. After some time, Dundappa entered. Umesh motioned to the cashier to step out. Mallik notices this and calls Dundappa. He told her to stand next to her co-worker, the complaint said.
In a bold move, Divya rushes to the cash counter and presses the burglar alarm. When it rang loudly, Mallik grabbed his bag in a panic and ran out. Umesh ran after Mallik, shouting, ‘Kalla, kalla, hidiyiri’ (Thief, thief, catch him!).
Mallik ran towards Devarachikkanahalli. Some passers-by heard Umesh and chased after him. He tried to scare them by pointing his gun at them. The group caught him after chasing him for almost a kilometer.