Claiming to have cracked the Rs. 8-crore daylight heist in Lajpat Nagar, the Delhi Police on Friday said seven people, including two ‘insiders’, were involved in the crime.
Rs. 8 crore was looted from a car in broad daylight in Lajpat Nagar area in New Delhi. (Raj K raj/HT photo)
A senior police officer said that the identity of the accused will only be disclosed after their formal arrest. But sources said the two insiders are employees of Rajesh Kalra, one of the businessmen who lost Rs. 4.69 crore in the robbery. The police hoped that the looted money would be recovered by Saturday morning.
Senior police officers confirmed that one Rajesh had been detained, but refused to identify the other person. Police sources identified the other insider as Deepak and said that he too had been taken into the custody. Rajesh reportedly worked with a courier company and his bike had been seized by the police.
The officer said an official announcement would be made after the looted money and vehicles used in the crime were recovered. He said over 12 teams of Delhi police were conducting raids in different parts in Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.
According to the senior officer, the detained insiders had been assisting the police for the past three days.
"They were constantly misleading us by providing false information. However, we established their involvement by collecting evidence against them and confronted them with the same after which they broke out and confessed their involvement in the crime," the officer added. The officer said Rajesh and Deepak passed on the information about the movement of cash to the robbers.
One of the two belongs to the same village in Haryana where one of the robbers lives and operates from, the officer said.
According to investigators, one of the absconding robbers, identified as Shakti, is a resident of Madangir in south Delhi and a hardcore criminal. He is said to be the kingpin of the gang that executed the heist.
Apart from Shakti, police are also looking for two other suspects Ajay and Pradeep. Ajay, a resident of Madangir, is Rajesh’s cousin. Some months ago, Rajesh had shared information with Ajay about transaction of a huge amount to be done from his workplace.
"Ajay shared the information with his relative Shakti, an auto-lifter who was in jail. Shakti told his aide Pradeep and they together hatched the robbery plan," said the officer, adding Pradeep too is a professional criminal.
Rakesh Kumar Sharma, a 32-year-old diamond merchant, along with his three employees and one staff of his business partner, Rajesh Kalra, were heading towards Karol Bagh in his Honda City car on Tuesday morning when six robbers waylaid them and on gun point and fled with his car carrying around Rs. 8 crore in cash.
HT had reported that Kalra had links with some high-profile bookies in India and is a close friend of actor Vindoo Dara Singh, who was arrested last year for his alleged involvement in IPL betting.