Four truck drivers have been arrested in connection with what was touted as Delhi’s biggest heist, in which armed robbers took away a container truck carrying imported integrated circuits of Samsung mobile phones worth Rs 26.14 crore.
Police said they recovered the robbed goods along with the container truck. The truck belonged to A to Z Transport. While two of the accused are employed as a driver with the transport company, another accused is a former employee of the firm. The fourth works is a driver with a Noida-based transport company.
The arrested accused, Pramod, 25, former employee of A to Z transport, masterminded the robbery plot. He involved his friend Sarvesh, who is currently employed as a driver with the company, Vinod Kumar Yadav, 29 and the latter’s brother Pramod Yadav, also a driver with A to Z Transport, in the crime.
Mandeep Singh Randhawa, DCP (southeast), said the arrested accused were interrogated at length during which it was disclosed that Pramod planned the crime as he aspired to start his own transport company.
Pramod had left the job a year ago and was in need of money to start his transport business.
“Pramod contacted Sarvesh and hatched the conspiracy to rob a loaded canter truck. Sarvesh wanted to purchase his own truck. Pramod asked Sarvesh to inform him about the delivery of costly goods,” said Randhawa.
Last week, Sarvesh came to know about delivery of integrated circuits of Samsung mobile phones worth several crore rupees from IGI Airport to Noida. He shared this information with Pramod who along with his accomplices Manku, Neeraj and Vinesh hatched a plan to rob the goods.
“Before executing their plan, Pramod contacted Vinod Kumar Yadav (working as a driver at Chauhan Transport, Noida) and his brother Parmod Yadav to arrange for sale of the looted property,” said Randhawa. He said Sarvesh was driving another truck carrying similar goods at the time of the robbery. His vehicle, however, was not robbed.
As per their plan, when the trucks left IGI Airport, Pramod, Manku, Neeraj and Vinesh followed them in a Tata Sumo Car. Sarvesh was constantly updating Pramod over phone about the locations of the canters.
“The other truck being driven by one Ghanshyam was intercepted by the robbers in south Delhi’s Kalindi Kunj. They fled with the truck as well as Ghanshyam’s mobile phone. The GPS system of the canter was also damaged,” said a police officer.
The robbers shifted the goods to another truck after it reached Hathras in Uttar Pradesh.
Police cracked the case after they learnt that the mobile number on which Sarvesh was constantly talking at the time of crime belonged to Pramod, a former employee of the transporter.
A raid was conducted at Pramod’s home in UP’s Kasganj and the robbed goods were recovered.