Cash van loot: King­pin among three held; ₹61 lakh re­cov­ered

PG in com­put­ers, mas­ter­mind was ear­lier em­ployed with HDFC Bank

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - PUNJAB HINDUSTANTIMES - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

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

PARDEEP PAN­DIT/HT

Po­lice of­fi­cials pre­sent­ing the ac­cused be­fore the me­dia in Jalandhar Tues­day.

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