More than a fortnight after four employees of a Faridabad-based businessman were robbed of Rs. 1.25 crore, the Ghaziabad police on Saturday arrested a Haryana police constable for his involvement in the March 14 incident. The police also seized a SLR service rifle, 10 live cartridges and Rs. 6.35 lakh.
Constable Sanjeev Singh was arrested from Palwal in Haryana. Singh had been deployed there for the security of Ved Prakash, the head of Chaprola village, for the four months. It was here that he became part of the robbers’ gang.
On March 14, four employees of businessman RK Sharma withdrew Rs. 1 crore from a private bank in Ghaziabad. They did a business deal with a company and received Rs. 25 lakh in cash. Then they left the city in their Logan car.
When they reached Vivekanand flyover, they were intercepted by five armed robbers in a Bolero car. Two of the robbers carrying self-loaded rifles were in police uniform. After travelling nearly 100 km through Hapur, Bulandshahr and Khurja, the robbers in their Bolero car escaped with the cash, leaving the victims stranded near Aligarh.
“When the employees were abducted in their Logan car, the constable was on front seat. His presence helped the gang pass police check posts easily on their way to Aligarh. We have recommended the officer’s suspension. Further action will be taken by the constable’s seniors,” said senior superintendent of police (SSP) Nitin Tiwari.
On March 25, the police had arrested two members of the gang and recovered Rs. 70 lakh.