Acting swiftly in the sensational bank robbery case of Gohana town, the Haryana police on Thursday arrested two suspects and recovered over 10 kg of gold and silver ornaments stolen from bank lockers.
The burglars had dug a 125-feet-long tunnel from under an adjoining building and broken into the strong room of the Punjab National Bank (PNB) – and decamped with huge booty from 89 of the over 350 lockers in the room they had broken. The heist, which came to light on Monday, had shaken the state police and the BJP government which had just taken over on October 26, 2014, after the recent assembly election in the state.
The director general of police SN Vashishth told HT that the accused had been identified as Balraj and Surinder and the police had recovered over 10 kg gold and silver ornaments from them. ``It was put in a bag hidden in a brick kiln in a nearby village while the police were also trying to apprehend two other suspects, identified as Satish and Rajesh, and expected more recovery,’’ he said and added that the bank lockers owners had also identified their ornaments while the entire procedure had duly been vediographed before the area magistrate.
Though Vashishth did not speak on the methodology adopted by police in cracking the case, sources in police said that the same was on the basis of questioning of bank officials and some other unscrupulous elements who were extensively interrogated and rounded up in time by the police.
It may be recalled that angry customers had been agitating outside the bank branch since Monday claiming that they had looted of their jewellery and cash running into lakhs of rupees.
The case had also assumed significance as even the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) had sent a senior security officer to Gohana on Tuesday on the request of Haryana chief minister M L Khattar to help police in the investigation. The PMO had sent R N Ravi, chairman, joint intelligence committee, which works in coordination with the national security council (NSC).