A day after armed men robbed employees of a realty firm of Rs 1.8 crore outside a bank in Raj Nagar area here, the city police have formed 12 teams to probe the case, especially the possibility of the involvement of gangs active in western Uttar Pradesh.
The teams will also investigate the people who could have provided information to the accused about the transaction.
Two employees of Arunima Constructions were robbed outside the Oriental Bank of Commerce branch at Raj Nagar
on Tuesday after noon. The robbers had escaped with the company’s car also. They later dumped the car near a park in Sector 12 area of Raj Nagar.
Senior superintendent of police (SSP) Dharmendra Singh said that employees of the realty firm, local robbers as well as those active in nearby states and even the bank employees were on police radar in connection with the probe.
“It has come to light that the same car was used by bank employees to ferry huge amount of cash from their currency chest at Kavi Nagar to the bank branch just before the incident. It is normally not done as the bank uses its own vans to ferry huge amounts of cash. We are investigating why it was done. Everyone is on our radar when it comes to investigation,” the SSP said.
When HT asked bank officials at the Raj Nagar branch about the reasons for the use of the private car for ferrying cash for the bank, officiating senior manager RM Singh declined to say anything.
Apart from screening dozens of people in connection, the 12 teams headed by the superintendent of police are examining the criminals who have recently come out from jail and belong to different gangs.
“The CCTV footages of the area outside the bank branch are not very clear and only the two company employees could be seen taking out the cash bags from the bank. Nothing else is visible due to the low-positioning of the CCTV cameras,” said SSP.
“We will crack the case soon,” he added.
During the loot on Tuesday, the four robbers had even fired several gunshots in the air to disperse the public and escape.
The incident occurred around 1.30 pm right minutes after the two victims Pankaj Agarwal and Mahender Singh, had stepped out of the bank.
“As we stepped outside the branch and kept the bags in our car, three men attacked us. The masked men fired 2-3 shots in the air and also shot at us. We tried to save ourselves. In the meantime, they also snatched the car keys and fled with the vehicle along with the cash,” Agarwal had said on Tuesday.