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Four more held for plotting bank heist

The police arrested another four members of the gang that was busted last Friday for planning to rob the Union Bank at Ghatkopar.

mumbai Updated: Feb 23, 2010 01:38 IST
HT Correspondent

The police arrested another four members of the gang that was busted last Friday for planning to rob the Union Bank at Ghatkopar.

Investigations revealed that the accused had chosen the bank thinking it would be easier to strike, as the city police was busy on bandobast duty due to terror alert.

They thought Friday being a government holiday, there would be fewer customers at the bank.

The accused Feroz Shaikh (19), Sailesh Mishra (29) Raghu Patil (25) and Vinayak (29). While Feroz, Raghu and Vinayak were arrested late on Friday, Sailesh was picked from his house on Sunday night.

“As the police were busy manning vital installations and sensitive targets in the city, it would have been easier for them,” police inspector Uttam Kolekar told Hindustan Times.

Investigations also revealed that they had planned the robbery at least a month in advance. “They had visited and conducted recce of the bank four times before meeting last Friday,” added Kolekar.

“Sailesh worked as a peon, Raghu was employed as a driver and Vinayak worked as a caterer. Feroz is jobless,” said a police officer.

Earlier on Friday morning, the police had arrested five men — Mohammed Siddiqui, Kalyan Tiwari, Gopal Tiwari, Shagir Gupta and Anwar Shaikh — when they had assembled near Mahindra Park junction in Ghatkopar West. Three revolvers, five live rounds and two choppers were seized from them.