Even as police are working on different angles, including the possibility of the involvement of an insider, in the broad daylight robbery of Rs 1.33 crore from a cash van on the national highway near Banur on Tuesday, they have failed to make any major breakthrough in the case.
A video of the crime has shocked the police who are roping in experts to identify the robbers.Embed Code:
In the video, four men are seen firing in the air to stop the van, pulling out the driver after opening fire at him and later breaking the iron chain with an electronic cutter before fleeing with the cash, with passersby watching as mere mute spectators.
The robbers kept firing in the air while fleeing towards the Rajpura side.
Senior officials have pulled up the Patiala police as a Honda Amaze car snatched from an excise official on the same stretch on April 11 was used in the crime.
The police have roped in the counter intelligence wing besides seeking help of their counterparts in Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan to get more leads in the case.
“We have some leads upon which we are working. There is the possibility of the involvement of an insider as only one trained guard was with such huge cash. Another guard was not trained. There is also the possibility of the involvement of locals in the crime, either as facilitator or members of the gang,” said a police official probing the case. The crime is apparently a handiwork of professional gangsters who are familiar with deadly firearms.
AS Rai, inspector general (IG) Patiala zone, said the police are looking into the matter as why the bank did not take adequate safety measures to shift the cash. Teams have been formed to trace the robbers. We are rounded up some people for questioning, he said.