In a major breakthrough, the Rajasthan police on Monday night nabbed a man, identified as Aslam alias Chillu, who was wanted for the loot of ATM machines in New Delhi, Gurgaon, Noida, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh.
The police had been looking for him since December 2013 when he first uprooted a Punjab National Bank ATM in Alwar’s Tijara area and looted Rs 16 lakh.
Later, he committed similar crimes in NCR, UP, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh, the police said.
A team of Alwar police arrested Aslam from Ferozpur Jhirka in Mewat district of Haryana on Monday night.
Aslam, a resident of Alawada under Ramgarh police station, carries a reward of Rs 2,000 on his head.
Inspector general of police (Jaipur Range) DC Jain said Aslam criminal has confessed of looting Rs 7.50 lakh from an Axis Bank ATM at Tirupat Chowk in Noida on November 26, 2014; Rs 91,000 from an HDFC Bank ATM machine at Honda Chauraha in Gurgaon in July, Rs 15 lakh from an Andhra Bank ATM at Dwarka in August this year.
He has also admitted of his involvement in looting Rs 7.50 lakh from an ICICI Bank ATM in Rudrapur in Uttarakhand and Rs 15.50 lakh from a Bank of Baroda ATM in Sheeshgarh in Bareily in Uttar Pradesh.
Jain said he was part of a gang, which looted a PNB ATM in Bilaspur in HP in March earlier this year, but fell apart from it after he was given only Rs 75,000 as his share when the total loot booty was Rs 15.75 lakh.
“After that he formed his own gang with people from his village. The gang also has members from Noida, Bareilly and Azamgarh in UP, Bharatpur in Rajasthan and Haryana,” the officer added.
Police said the gang used a Tata Sumo for themselves and a Tata 1109 mini-truck for transporting the looted ATM machines.