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Footage of man behind bank robberies released

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This image released by the Chennai Police shows the suspected kingpin behind the bank robberies at Keelkattalai and Perungudi.
This image released by the Chennai Police shows the suspected kingpin behind the bank robberies at Keelkattalai and Perungudi.

Police announce Rs. 1 lakh reward for anyone providing information leading to his arrest

The Chennai city police on Wednesday released video footage of a man suspected to be the kingpin behind the bank robberies at Indian Overseas Bank at Keelkattalai on Monday and Bank of Baroda at Perungudi on January 23.

A reward of Rs. 1 lakh has been announced for anyone who can provide information leading to his arrest.

Recce before robbery

The footage obtained from CCTV cameras in a nationalised bank near the Bank of Baroda branch in Perungudi, showing the suspect combing a bank with a pencil in hand as part of a recce for an armed robbery, was screened for mediapersons by Commissioner of Police J.K.Tripathy at his office on Wednesday.

The suspect, clad in a checked shirt and jeans, as seen in the footage, was earlier identified by bank officials of both the branches and a few customers who had witnessed the robbery at Bank of Baroda last month, police sources said.

The man who is considered the prime suspect in both the cases had also visited other banks before committing the crimes.

“Our teams have examined CCTV footage obtained from many banks in the city and pinned down this particular clip,” Mr. Tripathy said.

Confirming that the suspect was the one who brandished a pistol during both the robberies, the Commissioner added that a shot was fired by the robbers at the Keelkattalai incident from what is suspected to be toy gun. “There was some kind of a sound but nothing inside the branch was damaged and no pellets were recovered.”

Mr. Tripathy hoped the footage as well as still images obtained from video would help track down the suspect, as his apprehension could lead to the arrest of gang members who struck at the two bank branches and escaped with more than Rs 33 lakh in cash.

“Members of the public who identify the man from the footage can call toll-free phone numbers (98408 14100 or 99520 91100) and give us information. The identity of the informer will not be revealed,” the Police Commissioner said.

Close to 30 teams are working on the robbery cases, including nine teams following clues in other States such as Jharkand, Bihar, Orissa, West Bengal, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

Local link not ruled out

Even though the suspects are North Indians, investigators have not ruled out the assistance of local persons for the gang members. The possibility of a Maoist link has also not been ruled out.

//The possibility of a Maoist link has also not been ruled out.//

If one could recollect, the CM of Tamil Nadu along with many other non-
Congress chief ministers has only recently opposed the introduction of
NCTC (National Counter Terrorism Centre). Through the extra-judicial
killings the AIADMK leader Jayalalitha has proved she meant business.

from:  GK
Posted on: Feb 24, 2012 at 01:02 IST

Though police has done their best in cracking these type of cases, their action after their investigation ends, by RECORDING crimes, the motive of accused and prevention, making aware of public, is not upto the mark... and after the part of police ends by submitting final reports, the judicial COURT takes inordinate delay in deciphering what has happened and giving final judgement... this specific case may be cinematic end to robbers by name of ENCOUNTER... but the robbers seem to be /are first time/ novice doers.. according to me, they should have been treated SOFTLY by police before going for ENCOUNTER named damages...after all they had only toy guns and their plans for escape would be futile...ANY WAY HATS OFF FOR SOLVING THE CASE...of course, without any personal investigation with the robbers...

from:  A. Rajadurai
Posted on: Feb 23, 2012 at 18:36 IST

Tamil Nadu police have done it again -- but it is ironic that Tamil
Nadu is becoming a police encounter state. Several generations have
grown up in Tamil Nadu listening to the comparison of worlds elite
police force like Scotland yard with Tamil Nadu police. I would beg to
differ on several counts and most notably on encounter killings.

A case like this calls for investigation, and the natural course of
law after the arrests are made. and A bank robbery is not a case that
calls for encounter killing. If this trend continues, anyone can be
eliminated on mere suspicion. What if it was a case of mistaken
identity. Those many innocent civilians would have been butchered by
the police and Ex-gratia paid? Was any attempt made to arrest these
individuals? I strongly recommend video recording of all these
acctions of the police like how it is done in the Western countries.

from:  Sudharsan
Posted on: Feb 23, 2012 at 13:54 IST

Robbing white money is a crime hence they got killed, what bout hiding black money in swiss accounts, who's going to release the details of those account hiders?

from:  Delfin wesly
Posted on: Feb 23, 2012 at 13:20 IST

If the killed persons were the real culprits, then Chennai police have
sent a strong message to the would-be gangsters not to take the police
lightly. Moreover, public also should get some combat training to
prevent such incidents in the future.

from:  M V Rangaraajan
Posted on: Feb 23, 2012 at 12:17 IST

Due credit should be given to the police department in nailing this
daylight robbery. All the policemen involved in cracking this case
should be rewarded, though it is their primary duty!

from:  ghanabathi
Posted on: Feb 23, 2012 at 01:29 IST
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