Cash van loot: Kingpin among three held; ₹61 lakh recovered
PG in computers, mastermind was earlier employed with HDFC Bank
JALANDHAR : Four days after ₹1.18 crore was looted from a cash van of the HDFC Bank near Jalandhar, the police on Tuesday arrested three more accused, including the mastermind, from Rajasthan and recovered ₹61.69 lakh.
Of the seven accused, Ranjit Singh of Lakhan Khole village was arrested on November 10, the day of the incident. The next day, police arrested Jaskaran Singh of Harchowal village in Gurdaspur district and recovered ₹13.38 lakh, a pistol and cartridges from his possession.
Addressing a press conference, inspector general Arpit Shukla said following Ranjit’s interrogation, a special investigation team led by Jaskaranjit Singh Teja arrested three more accused — Satinder Pal Singh of Nadala, Sukhdev Singh of Dala village and Manoj Kumar of Bholath — from Baral village in Sikar district of Rajasthan.
The accused were hiding in the house of Manoj’s uncle Deepak Kumar. The mastermind, Satinder Pal Singh, a postgraduate in computer science was earlier employed with HDFC Bank in Jalandhar. Police said he had left his job five years ago and was presently working in the Hamira Mill. Shukla said ₹16.37 lakh was recovered from Manoj, ₹14.96 lakh from Sukhdav and ₹16.98 lakh from Satinder Pal.
On November 10, masked robbers stopped the cash van of HDFC Bank near Manak Rai village and looted ₹1.8 lakh. Later, one of the robbers fled in a Tata Indogo car and others on three motorcycles.
A team led by Kartarpur DSP Sarabjit Rai overpowered Ranjit, who was driving the car, after a 4km chase. Ranjit was hit by a bullet and hospital.
THE ACCUSED WERE HIDING IN A VILLAGE IN SIKAR DISTRICT OF RAJASTHAN AFTER COMMITTING THE CRIME NEAR JALANDHAR ON NOVEMBER 10
Police officials presenting the accused before the media in Jalandhar Tuesday.