Punjab cop among 5 held for Pinjore heist

  • Nikhil Sharma, Hindustan Times, Panchkula
  • Updated: Dec 21, 2014 12:33 IST

With the arrest of five persons, the Rupnagar police claim to have cracked the sensational robbery case that took place in Pinjore last year, wherein four men robbed the CMS firm’s security staff of Rs 1.68 crore and two-double barrel guns at gunpoint after throwing chilli powder in their eyes.

The security firm staff, including two armed guards, was robbed at Pinjore on December 9 last year.

The crime branch of the Rupnagar police traced five persons wanted in another loot case of around Rs 12 lakh from a petrol pump in the district.

The accused have been identified as Harinder Singh, a Punjab police constable and also the alleged mastermind of crime, Virender, owner of two petrol pumps in Punjab, Harinder, former sarpanch of a Rupnagar village and Harjeet Singh, a security guard earlier employed with CMS Company.

The police have also arrested Sukhwinder Singh, a Punjab police head constable who allegedly played a crucial role in the crime. Harinder had left the job a month before committing the robbery. Sources said the gang was arrested recently and the accused were being interrogated by the police. The accused confessed to their role in the Rs 12 lakh loot from a petrol pump in Rupnagar and also revealed their involvement in the Pinjore robbery.

“We have arrested the gang members and also informed the Panchkula police. A team of officials led by DSP crime visited us on Friday. They have confessed to their involvement in the daylight robbery in Panchkula. We are still interrogating them as we are expecting more leads. We presented the accused in a local court on Friday here and procured five-day remand,” said Ajay Kumar, CIA official in Rupnagar. The then Panchkula police commissioner Rajbir Deswal suspected the robbery was a handiwork of one of the three gangs of robbers operating in Punjab, but to no avail.

The incident took place when a CMS proceeded from Chandigarh to the Baddi-Barotiwala area for loading cash in ATMs there.

Four people, three in Punjab police uniform, stopped the cash van, threw chilli powder on CMS employees and took away the cash box containing Rs 1.68-crore. The money was meant to be deposited in Axis Bank ATMs.

The Panchkula police will have to wait to get the custody of the accused. “It will take us time to get their custody from the Rupnagar police as they are on five-day remand.

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