A day after motorcycle-borne robbers had targeted an elderly businessman and escaped with his bag that contained Rs 4.35 lakh cash, the police on Thursday claimed to have cracked the case with the arrest of three of the looters involved the incident, though two of accused are still at large.
The police, however, could recover just Rs 48,000 from the trio, and said that the remaining amount is with the two absconding gang members who cheated their accomplices and escaped with most of the cash. The officials said that hunt is on to arrest them and recover the remaining cash.
Addressing the press conference, deputy inspector general (DIG), D Sreenivasa Varma, said that the three looters were caught during the police checking, which had been stepped up after the incident.
"The police personnel at the checkpoints had been informed about the motorcycle's number and the looters' appearance and on the basis of that the three persons were arrested. The hunt is on for the other two," Varma said. Those arrested include Shaitan alias Shanna, a resident of Shankar Nagar, Rakesh Rajput, a resident of Habibganj, and Prithvi Singh Rajput.
Two others— Shyam Namdev alias Tinku and Dharmendra alias Hari — are absconding. Superintendent of police (SP), Bhopal South, Anshuman Singh said that one of the accused belongs to Vidisha and was apparently going there with his accomplices when the police intercepted and arrested them.
"Among the looters, a group had deceived the other and told them that they had got just Rs 1.35 lakh in the robbery and hence gave them less share. Tinku kept the lion's share because he has the major role in the crime," said Singh.
SP, Bhopal North, Arvind Saxena, said that all the gang members have past criminal record. Rakesh Rajput has nearly a dozen criminal cases against him. Also, Tinku and two others had committed a robbery for which they had been caught and jailed.
Elderly businessman Murli Manohar Agarwal was robbed in Rachna Nagar on Wednesday. The looters had thrown chilli powder in his eyes and then escaped with his bag containing Rs 4.35 lakh. Today, Agarwal's son was also present in the press conference. He thanked the police officials for nabbing the robbers within 24 hours.
Loot planned in jail
During initial interrogation, it has been found that one of the former employees of the businessman had told the gang members about the elderly man's movement and that he took cash in the morning to the bank, on the basis of which the loot was planned. The police officials said that they were trying to verify the role of the ex-employee.
The loot was planned in the jail, as Rakesh Rajput was in prison a few months ago. Prithvi had gone to jail to meet him and told him that he was aware about a businessman who took large amount of money and could be easily targeted. Recently, after coming out of jail, Rakesh allegedly planned the robbery, with other accomplices.