- Unsuccessful robbery attempt at Muthoot Finance office in Hyderabad
- SUV used in attempted robbery found at residential high-rise
- Cops, anti-terror commandos search nearly 900 homes for suspects
For eight hours, commandos of the elite Octopus or Organisation for Counter Terrorist Operations in Andhra Pradesh searched apartments at the Happy Homes Towers in the city's Rajender Nagar area, looking for at least seven men who had tried to rob a Muthoot Finance office.
In CCTV footage from the Muthoot office, two of the suspects are seen talking to an official, apparently pretending to be customers, when a few more men barge in holding guns. The suspects then jump across the counter. They demanded cash and gold, said the police.
Acting quickly, the official went to a window and waved his arms, frantically screaming for help. One of his colleagues pressed an emergency alarm. The gang was forced to abandon its plan and escape.
The SUV used in the attempted robbery was found at the Happy Homes Towers, which triggered a massive search at the residential complex. A bag, a big blade and a hunting axe were reportedly seized from the car, a Chevrolet Tavera.
The watchman of the building had noticed some men destroying the vehicle's number plate near one of the apartment blocks. When he raised an alarm, the men ran away. The suspects are seen in footage from three CCTVs in the complex.
Commandos arrived in at least three batches through the night to look for the suspects, believed by the police to be hiding in two apartments.
A large number of policemen swarmed the complex as the hunt went on till 3.30 am this morning.