Delhi Police today claimed that it has recovered Rs 63.5 lakh from an Uttar Pradesh town in the sensational case of two men fleeing with Rs 67.5 lakh in a cash van here a week ago.
A team of investigators from South-East district allegedly recovered the money from the house of one Pramod, who is absconding in the case, in Etah yesterday following the arrest of three persons.
“A raid was conducted at Pramod’s house following interrogation of Arun Singh who was arrested on February one and the money was recovered,” Amulya Patnaik, Joint Commissioner of Police (Southern Range), told PTI.
Two persons are still absconding in the case of a gunman and driver fleeing with the cash from Alakananda in south-east Delhi on January 28. The cash was meant to be deposited in different ATMs in the city.
The gunman Sandeep Kumar (24), driver Gautam (20) and Singh (33) were arrested on February one from UP and Delhi.
Sandeep and Gautam, who worked for Scientific Security Management Private Ltd which was entrusted with the task of providing security for the HDFC bank in filling ATMs with cash, were arrested by Special Cell from the outskirts of Bulandshahr town while Arun was apprehended from Samalkha by South-East district police.
Mr. Patnaik said efforts were on to arrest the two absconding persons.
“They had planned this heist in November. Sandeep and Gautam joined the security agency in November and December under a fake identity and using documents. The driving licence or the gun licence they produced was found fake,” a senior police official said.
Two custodians along with the driver and the gunman had on January 28 took Rs 97 lakh with them and loaded some money in two ATMs. The duo fled with the cash in the van from outside Alakananda ATM after leaving his gun with the guard of the facility.
“They chose the ATM in Alakananda as the vehicle could not be parked near the ATM. There was some distance. When the custodians were filling the money, the fled,” the official said.
The trio had told police that they abandoned the cash van in Haryana’s Faridabad and the cash box in Mathura. “The absconding duo was handed over the cash to be distributed among themselves. Arun had arranged the vehicle,” he said.
The absconding duo also gave Rs 20,000 each to the three persons who were arrested. Gaurav was earlier involved in a case of attempt to murder and theft and was in Meerut Jail.