With the arrest of three suspects the police crime branch claimed to have solved the midnight robbery case in which a gold trader residing in Sector 48 was allegedly stripped of `1.1 crore at the Sector 17 bus station on November 1.
The cops said they also recovered `89 lakh from the suspects who claimed to have spent `21 lakh of the cash last month.
According to senior superintendent of police, Sukhchain Singh Gill, one of those apprehended, Sikender alias Denny, a resident of Chat Mohalla, Burail, had been working with the robbery victim, Samir Jain, a Sector 48 resident, for four years
The other suspects have been identified as Jimmey Bansal, who owns a shop in the Sector 19 market, and Rahul Bagiyal, who runs a ‘dhaba’ in Sector 9, both of whom reside in the same locality.
Gill added all three had planned to leave town in the next few weeks.
The police said of the cash recovered, Rs 30 lakh was found from Jimmey, `30 lakh from Rahul and `29 lakh from Sikender, the prime suspect, and the one employed with the victim.
They said the latter was aware of Jain’s business visits to Delhi for purchasing gold and the fact that he often carried a huge amount of cash, adding the conspiracy to rob the trader was hatched by him.
THE MODUS OPERANDI
Gill said that Denny called the two others, who had worked together, on November 1 after he learnt Jain was travelling to Delhi by bus.
“Denny had tailed Jain the entire day and the three men attacked Jain as soon as he was dropped by his cousin at the bus station. The suspects fled in a car after robbing him,” he added.
Looters did not use mobile phone
The police said the suspects did not use a mobile phone before or after the incident.
Accused caught giving Rs 500 to beggars
They said their suspicions were aroused when the three were seen distributing `500 in alms to beggars in Burail.
They added all three men were in their 20s and had begun living lavishly, splurging on their girlfriends, after the robbery. One of them, Rahul, even boasted he had spent `10 lakh on his sister’s wedding, the cops added.
The Rs 21-lakh splurge
The police said the accused were in their 20s and had splurged heavily. One of the accused, Rahul, had spent `10 lakh on the wedding of her sister at Garhwal.