The South Delhi police on Wednesday arrested the alleged mastermind of the sensational Rs. 5.25 crore cash van robbery that took place in upscale Defence Colony on Friday.
Hari Kishan, the mastermind, and his wife Rashmi were arrested from Bhagauti Nagar area in Tindwari town of Banda district, 200 km east of Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. They were hiding at a relative’s house for the last three days after fleeing Delhi.
The team, the Banda police said, recovered a bag full of money and a Honda City car —DL3C-BE-1058 — from Bhagauti Nagar. Sources in south Delhi police said the team recovered around Rs. 2 lakh from the couple. The team led by inspector Aishvir Singh and the arrested couple would reach Delhi by Thursday, said a source.
A police officer, who confirmed the arrest but requested anonymity, said a call to one of Kishan’s relatives in Delhi helped the police track him on Tuesday evening.
“Mobile phone numbers of all his relatives, friends and contacts were put on surveillance and every call made on those numbers was minutely examined.
The investigators learnt that one of Kishan’s relative had received calls from an unknown number.
The location of the unfamiliar number was tracked to a locality in Tindwari town in Banda,” said the officer, adding Kishan’s interrogation would help police recover the remaining looted money — around Rs. 2.86 crore.
In order to identify the caller and the place from where the calls were made, the police grilled Kishan’s brother Deepak Sharma, who is already in police custody.
“On sustained interrogation, Sharma revealed that one of his relatives, named JJ, lives in Bhagauti Nagar locality in Banda and Kishan and his wife could be hiding there. A team was immediately sent to Banda and the couple was arrested,” said the officer.
Meanwhile, the Banda police protested that Delhi police did not inform them about the raid.
Gyaneshwar Tewari, Superintendent of Police (Banda), however, downplayed the issue by saying, “The local police were not informed; it is not a big issue. The ultimate objective was served and a criminal was caught.”
Kishan and four of his associates Deepak Sharma, Vijay Nahar, Ranjeet Rumal and Yogesh Kumar had robbed a cash van from Defence Colony area on Friday afternoon. While Sharma and four others were arrested within two days, the others were absconding. Nahar Rumal and Kumar are still at large, said police.