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Rs 2-crore robbery: Accused connected to Khalistan movement

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, May 24, 2014
First Published: 10:40 IST(24/5/2014) | Last Updated: 10:42 IST(24/5/2014)

A 47-year-old alleged member of the Bhindranwale Tiger Force (BTF), a militant outfit active during the Khalistan movement, has been arrested along with his three accomplices in connection with last week’s Karol Bagh diamond and gold jewellery robbery case.

The arrests came three days after the crime branch of Delhi police cracked the case and arrested five robbers with some items of the loot.

The alleged BTF member Avtar Singh alias Bittoo is the elder brother of Paramjeet alias Pamma who was arrested in 1997 for the assassination of then Punjab chief minister Beant Singh along with Babbar Khalsa member Jagtar Singh Hawara.

Bittoo is an accused in several TADA cases in Punjab and Delhi and is also an alleged member of the All India Sikh Student Federation. He was arrested with his aides Gurjeet Singh, Anil Luthra and Amit Kapoor by central Delhi police.

“He was the mastermind of the Rs. 2 crore robbery on May 14. We have recovered jewellery worth around Rs. 35 lakh from the three,” said additional CP (central) Alok Kumar.

On May 14 at around 8pm, Mumbai-based jeweller Satish Kumar Shah was returning to a hotel in Karol Bagh with an employee when a group of men intercepted their taxi near Liberty Cinema.

One of them broke the rear window glass of the taxi while others overpowered them at gunpoint.

They then made away with two bags containing gold and diamond jewellery. Kumar said, it was learnt that nine people were involved in the heist.

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