Two ar­rested for bank rob­bery, cashier’s mur­der

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - PUNJAB - An­vit Sri­vas­tava

NEW DELHI: A day af­ter a cashier was shot dead dur­ing a bank rob­bery in south­west Delhi’s Ch­hawla, the Delhi Po­lice on Satur­day ar­rested two of the six al­leged rob­bers. Sev­eral ar­eas across Delhi and Haryana were un­der lock­down as a mas­sive man­hunt for the re­main­ing da­coits was launched, po­lice said.

Deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (Dwarka) Anto Alphonse said that while the first man was ar­rested from Delhi-haryana bor­der dur­ing the early hours of Satur­day, the sec­ond was nabbed from Haryana later in the evening. More than 50 po­lice teams had been con­duct­ing raids since Fri­day, Alphonse said.

“We ar­rested Sachin alias Sonu, hail­ing from Sonepat, Haryana. He is one of the men who we be­lieve were in­volved. He has con­fessed to the crime. There were five oth­ers who have been iden­ti­fied and fur­ther raids are on at their pos­si­ble hide­outs in Haryana and Delhi. Later, the sec­ond man Parvesh (19), hail­ing from Sonepat, was also ar­rested,” Alphonse said.

“We have re­quested for their po­lice re­mand so that they can be fur­ther ques­tioned. We will also recre­ate the crime scene and a pos­si­bil­ity of as­sailants’ links to

some or­gan­ised gangs in Delhi and Haryana is be­ing looked into,” Alphonse said.

The rob­bery took place on Fri­day around 3.30pm at Cor­po­ra­tion Bank in Ch­hawla.

Wit­nesses and bank em­ploy­ees told po­lice that the six masked men, three of them armed, barged into the bank and snatched the se­cu­rity guard’s ri­fle.

They looted ₹3.1 lakh in cash af­ter shoot­ing the cashier.

The bank’s branch man­ager Prab­hakar Ku­mar said, “They threat­ened us and asked us to lock our­selves in­side my cabin and bath­room. They as­saulted two-three cus­tomers who tried to es­cape and fired a few shots in the air to in­tim­i­date us. Santosh Ku­mar was the last one to rush to the bath­room. Be­fore he could en­ter the room he was shot from the be­hind,” Ku­mar said.

He said the men then went to cashier’s cabin and col­lected as much cash they could and left.

Po­lice said that the da­coity was over within seven min­utes and the men sped away on three mo­tor­cy­cles. DCP Alphonse also said that in­volve­ment of more than six men in the heist could not be ruled out as of now.

The DCP said teams from the Ch­hawla po­lice sta­tion and the Dwarka spe­cial staff scanned CCTV footages from more than 100 cam­eras on the road lead­ing to the bank and in the di­rec­tion that the rob­bers had fled.

“In the footage, we found that a few hours be­fore the roobery, two men who looked like two of the as­sailants ap­peared to have recced the bank. More footage was checked and their in­volve­ment was as­cer­tained. Fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions then helped us iden­tify Sachin and we mounted tech­ni­cal sur­veil­lance,” he said.

“In a late night raid, as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner of po­lice Ra­jen­dra Singh (Dwarka) and as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner of po­lice Vi­jay Chan­del (Ch­hawla) ar­rested Sachin from Delhi-haryana bor­der,” the DCP said.

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