A bank robber and serial murderer whose act of pumping 32 bullets into a rival gang leader, which inspired a similar scene in the film ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’, was finally nabbed during an attempted bank heist at Mahua, 25 km north of the district headquarters in the wee hours of Monday.
Incidentally, Avinash, alias Amit Srivastava, 32, who confessed to have eliminated 20 rivals, including six of his father’s eight murderers, is the son of late ex-MLC, Lallan, alias Lala Srivastava, who was gunned down in Patna by the Pappu Khan gang in 2002.
Avinash had pumped 32 bullets into Pappu Khan in one of the gruesome murders to date in Bihar crime history.
Vaishali police, which got a tip off about Avinash’s intentions of looting a branch of the Central bank at Harpur village despatched a patrol with alacrity and caught him in the act of boring into the cash chest after cutting through two shutters and grills at around 2 am on Monday.
Three of his accomplices, noticing the polices sudden ingress, somehow managed to flee the place, Vaishali SP, Rakesh Kumar said, while terming Avinash’s arrest as ‘a major catch’.
Police said Avinash was fluent in English and Hindi and had done a masters in computer applications from New Delhi based Jamia Millia Islamia University. He was arrested red-handed while attempting the heist.
Avinash is even credited with writing a book on The Maoist Jehanabad jail break during October 2005 polls, in which over 380 prisoners were freed.
The book was sourced with first hand accounts of Maoists arrested after the incident and locked up in Beur Central jail in Patna, where Avinash shared a prison cell with them for some time.
Kumar said Srivastava was also ‘very IT savvy’ and even asked the SP to get details of his crime records from Google.
Quoting Srivastava’s confession, the SP said Srivastava planned to raid the bank to shore up cash to buy some sophisticated weapons on his list.
“Srivastava recalled the names of 14 out of 20 persons killed by him. He dresses tastefully in blue colured jeans and smart T-shirts, which he counts as being auspicious for him,” the SP added.
Police have recovered one 9mm pistol, 4 cartridges from Srivastava’s possession, besides a motorbike, a red colored Scorpio used in the heist.
Also recovered were a gas cutter, 17 cutter-blades, three packets of hand gloves, a drilling machine and a cell phone.