A team from Charkop police station has been sent to Bihar to trace the seven other robbers involved in the robbery at Saraswat Bank on October 9.
Police say it is the same gang involved in the two other bank robberies committed since August this year, as well as similar bank robberies in Chennai, Bengaluru and Kolkata.
The police have recovered the arms and five bikes used in the robberies. The two arrested have been identified as Sunny alias Sonu Yadav, 26, and Parmanand Dubey, 30. While Yadav was the mastermind, Dubey provided the bikes, complete with fake number plates.
According to the police, the main lead in the case was the black Yamaha bike seized by the police on Monday, a few hours after four men robbed the Charkop bank.
“An alert customer noted down part of the bike’s registration number, which helped us crack the case. When all our units were informed about the bike number, a police team found Ali, who is employed with a garage in Charkop, riding the Yamaha bike with a similar number. During interrogation, Ali told us that the bike belonged to a customer, Yadav, who had left it in the garage. Ali had just taken the bike for a ride,” Ramrao Pawar, additional commissioner of police (north region), said.
Ali was asked to contact Yadav who, when grilled, not only confessed to the crime but also explained the modus operandi. “We recovered six pistols, several bullets and magazines and Rs 75,000 from Yadav’s flat. We also recovered five motorbikes and a Lancer from various places,” said Musa Shaikh, assistant commissioner of police (Malwani division).
Police said Yadav, who used to reside in the city till 2005, used to run a dyeing business. But, after suffering losses he went back to his hometown in Bihar where he met a gang of seven robbers. After much planning, he returned in May this year and rented a flat in Charkop, Sector 8. “His only purpose for returning to the city was to find out which could be robbed and inform the gang members. As Yadav was the only person acquainted with the city, he would do a reconnaissance of places for the gang,” Pawar added.