The plan to rob the cash van in south Delhi was the brain child of Hari Kishan, a member of the notorious Billu gang. He got together the team and they ran several dry runs since May before executing the robbery on Friday, police said.
“All those involved were staying separately in rented houses in south Delhi. Since the accused were aware about the huge stash of cash in the van, we have not ruled out the involvement of someone from the Trans Solution Company, the money replenishment firm,” said a senior officer. He added that the accused met each other during their stay in jail.
Arrested accused Deepak Sharma, Kishan’s brother told the police that leaving the stolen Hyundai Verna car, near the crime scene, was part of the plan. It was done to mislead the police into believing that some inter-state gang was involved in the crime since the car was registered in Haryana.
“They also used a white Maruti Zen car in the robbery. Initially it was used to provide cover to the Verna car in which some gang members were travelling. Later, the same car was used to shift the two currency chests to Kishan’s house in Khirki Extension,” said the officer.
Both Kishan and Sharma had been convicted in 2005 in a murder case registered at the RK Puram police station.
“During their stay in jail, they came in contact with Nahar, another dreaded criminal, Yogesh Kumar and Ranjeet Rumal. They formed a gang and committed some robberies — one of them recently reported from east Delhi,” said the officer.
Nahar, according to the officer, is a police informer and was instrumental in helping south and southeast districts police arrest several dreaded criminals. He himself was involved in several cases of robbery and attempt to murder.