The Amritsar police cracked the Rs 41-lakh robbery case and arrested four persons here on Friday.
The police seized Rs 4 lakh in cash, two country-made pistols and a car used that was used in the robbery by arrested men Gurbaj Singh, Deepak Kalia, Bhupesh Kumar and Kamal Kumar.
On September 24, armed men had looted Rs 41 lakh from Rajan Sharma, an employee of a company, by opening fire at him in a busy bazaar. Sharma suffered a bullet injury.
At a press conference here on Friday, Amritsar police commissioner Ram Singh said: "A special investigation team with additional deputy commissioner of police (crime) HS Brar, assistant commissioner of police (crime) Sukhwinder Singh and E division station house officer inspector Sukhwinder Randhawa were working hard on the case. On Thursday, they got information that some of the suspects were likely to arrive near the railway station to deliver money to Kamal. As soon as some people came in a car and were about to deliver the money to Kamal, the police caught them."
While three men were based in Jalandhar, Kamal had business interests near Karmo Wali Gali here, near where the robbery took place.
"During questioning it was revealed that Kamal had information of high transactions that were made by the owner of the company," Ram Singh said. "Kamal contacted Bhupesh, who got in touch with Deepak and also approached Gurbaj."
After the four men decided to commit the robbery, prime accused Gurbaj went to Bihar and brought two country-made pistols of Rs 25,000 each, said Ram Singh.
After getting the weapons, on September 24, Bhupesh and Deepak waited in the car while after getting a signal from Kamal, Gurbaj and two more accomplices, Gurpreet and Vinay, fired at Sharma and snatched the bag carrying Rs 41 lakh, said the police commissioner.
He added that Gurpreet Singh alias Gopi was facing a couple of charges and had absconded.
Crime graph on the decline
Stressing that the crime graph had dipped and snatching incidents were on the wane, police commissioner Ram Singh said, "A lot of the focus is on patrolling and police presence on roads." Releasing the data, he said that in September, eight snatching incidents were registered while in October there had been only one such case.