Minutes after the daring bank robbery at Keelkattalai on Monday, the entire city police strength was mobilised and intensive vehicle checks were conducted to locate a ‘Red Maruti Van'.

Following a tip-off that the robbers escaped in a ‘red Maruti van', police alerted all check-posts to look for the escapees' vehicle. In almost all the 140 police station limits, barricades were put up along vulnerable routes and police teams checked vehicles at random.

“As investigators were looking for clues around the Indian Overseas Bank (IOB) Branch in Keelkattalai, a man claimed that five persons who looked like north Indians abused him in Hindi while speeding away from the area. Since the man was standing on the road, the suspects probably shouted at him to give way,” a police official said.

Superintendents of Police in the neighbouring Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram districts were also alerted to look for the escapees' vehicle. “A special team was formed to coordinate with the bank employees and customers to gather information on the identity of the suspects.