Motorcycle-borne criminals looted Rs 60 lakh from the cash van of a public sector bank after killing two guards of a security agency and the driver in Patna district on Monday.
The incident took place at around 10.30 am on the busy Barh-Harnaut (national highway-30A) road in Belchhi police station area of the district. Police said the van was carrying Rs 60 lakh to Belchi branch of Punjab National Bank (PNB) from Barh.
Eyewitnesses told police that eight criminals, riding on four motorcycles, forced the van to stop near Bagha-Tila village, a stone’s throw away from the PNB branch. “One of them whipped out a pistol and shot dead a guard accompanying the van. The other criminals broke the window panes of van, fired indiscriminately, killing another guard and the van driver, and fled with the cash,” the eyewitnesses added.
Confirming the incident, Patna senior superintendent of police (SSP) Manu Maharaaj said those killed had been identified as Yogeshwar Das and Suresh Kumar Singh, both guards and Anant Kumar, the driver. The criminals had used 9mm firearms to commit the crime, he said. Prima-facie, it appeared that a gang from Biharsharif in Nalanda district could be involved in the incident, the SSP added.
“We also suspect the role of an insider in the robbery. Raids are on to nab the criminals and recover the looted cash,” said Maharaaj.
A case of murder and robbery had been registered against eight unidentified persons, the SSP said, adding that a team from the special cell and forensics experts had reached the place of occurrence to collect evidences.
Earlier on February 27, armed criminals had shot dead two employees of a security agency while trying to loot Rs 40 lakh from a private cash van in Sohsarai police station area of Nalanda district.