Mayur Gupta, a third-year student at the Goa Medical College (GMC), and a native of Agra, shocked his colleagues when he was arrested and booked for attempting to rob at knifepoint a bank close to the institute at Bambolim.
Around 10am on Saturday, a man dressed in an orange T-shirt and blue trousers, entered the bank wearing a helmet. He walked straight to the teller and in the presence of close to 15 persons, which included bank staff and customers, jumped across the counter and held a knife to the female cashier's neck.Before he could demand any cash, an alert male staffer, springing to action and unmindful of his own safety, held the man's knife-wielding wrist and grabbing him from the back restricted his movements.
The two then broke into a scuffle which caused panic among those present and saw customers and bank staffers run out of the bank. In the melee the bank manager set off the burglar alarm.
Finally succeeding in freeing himself from the clutches of the staffer, the thief ran out of the bank, hopped onto his bike parked at the entranceway and fled. Police sources said that though the bank staffer screamed to those passing by to stop the thief, nobody attempted to stop the knife-wielding man.
As police and bank staffers checked the bank's CCTV footage immediately after the incident, the staffers felt the robber's disposition was similar to some resident doctors and medical students who would frequent the bank.
The police team then headed for the GMC hostel where they found Gupta loitering in a different set of clothes. He had also taken off his shoes and was wearing sandals to ward off any suspicion, sources said.
Finding his body build similar to that of the robber in the CCTV footage, the police questioned Gupta, and taking him to his room found the clothes he had been wearing in the CCTV footage. They then demanded to check Gupta's bike and found the knife used in the attempted robbery. At the police station, Gupta confessed to his crime and is currently under arrest, sources said.
"We suspect that it was alcohol or some other kind of addiction that led him to attempt the robbery. We are still investigating to establish the motive though. The student has been booked for attempted robbery," a senior police official said. [TOI]