The local police has zeroed-in on three Punjab gangs, which are subjected to be behind Rs 1.68 crore robbery, on Pinjore-Siswan road.
It was the second biggest ever incident as far as quantum of robbery is concerned. The incident took place around noon when cash van of CMS after loading cash at Chandigarh office embarked to fill the ATMs located at Barotiwala-Baddi area on December 9. Four people with three in Punjab police uniform stopped the cash van, threw chilly 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.
Releasing a press statement, commissioner of police, Ambala-Panchkula, Rajbir Deswal, said, "The Panchkula police has shortlisted three gangs of robbers largely operating in Punjab who as per indications investigated committed the robber.
The police suspected the involvement of some policemen's kin and the role of a woman robber has also come to light. Investigation into the case has led to zeroing on three dreaded gangs of Punjab who have their roots in Moga, Firozepur, Tarn-Taran, Ropar and Patiala and who are known to have donned police uniforms while committing such robberies besides throwing chilly powder on the victims."
He added, "The police have profiled these gangs after technical surveillance, modes operandi and the criminals are not being found at their place of residence. The role of some jailed robbers too cannot be ruled out."
One such suspected gang has hideouts in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. As per the police, the raids have been conducted during the preceding week at about a dozen places in Punjab besides the other two states. One of the teams is working on the theory if a couple of robbers have sneaked into Nepal.