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Gang picked Charkop bank on way to rob HDFC bank

Even as the gang was on its way to loot HDFC Bank in August, they had decided on their next target after spotting Saraswat Bank’s unprotected façade along the way.

mumbai Updated: Oct 16, 2010 01:18 IST
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Even as the gang was on its way to loot HDFC Bank in August, they had decided on their next target after spotting Saraswat Bank’s unprotected façade along the way.

The police said that the men had opted to go via the Hindustan Naka in Charkop on their way to HDFC Bank. On the way, they noticed that Saraswat Bank had no security man at the entrance.

So, they decided then and there that the bank would be their next target. “The men chose only those banks that, according to them, had lax security and the ones in which they could easily carry out their job and leave,” said a police officer on the condition of anonymity as he is not authorised to talk to the media.

The police have also apprehended one of the gang members from Bihar, whose image was captured by CCTV cameras during the Borivli-based HDFC Bank robbery.

The police are certain that it was not just Sunny alias Sonu Yadav who was the gang’s link in the city.

There were several others who had been providing logistical support to the gang.

The police suspect that while a part of the stolen money was taken to their hometown in Bihar by air and train by some gang members, there is the possibility that a large sum is still hidden in the city waiting to be taken to Bihar. Many facts in the case are still not clear as Yadav has been changing his statements constantly and the police have decided not to completely rely on his word.

Musa Shaikh, assistant commissioner of police (Malwani division), said, “Several more arrests are likely from the city. The Bihar police have been very cooperative and without their support it would have been very difficult to succeed in this case.”