Buttressing their claim of having solved the Rs 1.5-crore Rajat jewellers heist in Panchkula, the SAS Nagar police on Monday presented two men whose arrest helped them crack the robbery and several other cases.
While addressing a press conference, Patiala range inspector general of police (IGP) Paramjeet Singh Gill claimed that the accused, Manpreet Singh Mani and Harjeet Singh alias Harry, both residents of Landran village in SAS Nagar, were members of the same gang that they busted in connection with the Axis bank cash van robbery.
Claiming that the duo had confessed to have committed several other robberies in Khuda Ali Sher and other areas, the IGP said the accused had used a Chevrolet Optra that they had stolen from Phase 11 in SAS Nagar a day before the dacoity at Rajat Jewellers, Panchkula, in July 2014.
Gill said Manpreet was involved in the Panchkula dacoity, whereas Harjeet Singh was involved in a similar incident in Khuda Ali Sher where they robbed a cash van. However, in both the incidents, gang's kingpin Ranpreet alias Rana, who was currently in police custody, was the mastermind, he added.
While giving details of the recoveries, Gill said the police had recovered the Chevrolet Optra car used in Panchkula dacoity from Bhakhra river near Samana. He claimed that the police had also recovered diamond jewellery stolen from Rajat Jewellers from the possession of the gang members.
He said besides the duo, eight members of the gang had already been arrested, but two others, Surinder Pal alias Rinku, resident of Sector 91, SAS Nagar, and Gurjant Singh alias Janta, native of Gobindgarh village in SAS Nagar, were on the run.
Gill said the accused had revealed another name, Birkar Singh, native of Sadulgarh in Mansa, who had the remaining stolen jewellery with him.
Cases cracked by SAS Nagar police
Khuda Ali Sher cash van robbery where accused robbed Rs 5 lakh June 27, 2014
Robbery at Rajat Jewellers, Mansa Devi, Panchkula, where the accused robbed diamond and gold ornaments worth Rs 1.53 crore on July 13, 2014
Phase 3B1 robbery incident where the accused decamped with valuables worth Rs 40 lakh from a property dealer's house after tying him up with rope
Reliance Fresh robbery in SAS Nagar where they robbed Rs 8 lakh from the store at gunpoint on June 10, 2013
A SUV Toyata Fortuner snatched on gunpoint in Patiala on June 22, 2014
A car stolen from Phase 11 in SAS Nagar on July 12, 2014, and then used in the robbery at Rajat Jewellers, Panchkula.
Maruti Swift Dzire, Honda Amaze, Hyundai I-20, a Rolex watch, diamond and gold ornaments, three laptops, five LCDs, one microwave, an electronic burner. Police claim the recovered things amounted to around Rs 63.7 lakh.
Members of the 'Ranpreet Singh Rana alias Titu' gang
Ranpreet Singh Rana alias Titu (kingpin)
Harjeet Singh alias Harry (recently arrested)
Manpreet Singh alias Mani (recently arrested)
Arrested after robbery of Rs 1.34 crore in SAS Nagar
Talwinder Singh alias Chan
Gurvinder Singh Lalli
Gurjant Singh alias Janta
Surinderpal Singh alias Rinku