Bhopal: Police nab UCO bank robbers in 24 hrs, recovers Rs 5.09 lakh

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Mar 31, 2016 22:01 IST
UCO bank loot accused in police custody in Bhopal on Thursday. (Mujeeb Faruqui/ HT photo)

Police on Thursday arrested two men accused of looting UCO Bank on Wednesday from Depot Square in Bhopal. Rupees 5.09 lakh have been recovered out of Rs 5.72 lakh looted from the bank, said the police.

According to the police, the two accused named, Ajay Jatav, 25, and Ashish Pant, 22, were arrested from Depot Square at 2.30 pm while they were trying to escape to Delhi with the looted amount. The two accused, who were both unemployed and residents of Kamla Nagar, were nabbed by the police after one of the locals at Depot Square informed the police about them.

He said that the two youths have a bag-full of cash and are at a Sulabh Complex. After receiving the information, the local informant and a police constable locked them inside the Sulabh Complex and informed the senior police officials. They were arrested after being rounded up by the police officials who also recovered the bag having the looted cash from the bank on Wednesday, added the police.

“The two accused have a criminal background. In the year 2011, accused Ajay Jatav was arrested for being involved in Andhra Bank robbery case in the same area. While the other accused Ashish Pant, was arrested for attempt to murder. The two accused recced the Bank for a week and on Tuesday, a day before the incident, one of the accused, Ashish Pant went inside the bank to recce it”, said Dr Raman Singh Sikarwar, deputy inspector general.

“The two had decided to go to Delhi with the looted amount and planned to start a business, but were arrested before they could materialize their plan. The police are interrogating them and are trying to recover the remaining looted amount”, added Dr Raman.

After the bank robbery at UCO bank, police have decided to hold a meeting with all the bank managers of the city and ask them to deploy proper security guards to avoid any such incident in the future. There was no security guard deployed at the bank, where the robbery was committed.

“On April 4, the police will hold a meeting with all the bank managers and ask them to deploy security guards at their banks. A case will be registered against the manager of the bank if no security guard is deployed at the bank”, said Dr Raman.

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