90-second robbery in Ludhiana: Kingpin had savings account in same PNB branch

  • Tarsem Singh Deogan, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Aug 05, 2016 14:34 IST
Police at the robbed bank in Ludhiana on Monday. (HT File Photo)

The mastermind behind the Rs 15 lakh bank robbery, arrested on Thursday, had his savings bank account in the same branch where he executed the robbery on Monday. The man also has a criminal background.

On Thursday, police said Sukhwinder Singh , who is a resident of Jawahar Nagar Camp, holds a savings account in same branch of Punjab National Bank, where he executed a robbery on August 1 with accomplices.

The accused, remanded to police custody for three days for questioning, told police that he would often go to the bank and that is where it struck him that the bank did not have proper security.

“He noticed that no one turned up at the bank after lunchtime, so it could be a soft target,” said one of the investigating officers.

The accused told police that they were expecting only Rs 5 lakh in the bank, but the cash they found exceeded their expectations as it was thrice the amount.

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After the crime, they parked their bikes and fled to Ferozepur, where they distributed the cash into four parts. As he was the brainchild behind the robbery, he got a lion’s share of Rs 6 lakh.

Inspector Beant Juneja, SHO at police station Division number 5 said the police recovered one pistol and one motorcycle used in the crime.

Efforts to nab the rest of the accused is on. The police have been also verifying to know whether the motorcycle recovered from the accused belongs to him, or he has stolen it from somewhere.

He added that police have scanned more than 500 CCTV cameras in the area. One of them captured the accused preparing for the robbery.

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