The police have assured members of a committee of affected Punjab National Bank customers, whose ornaments were stolen in a heist last week that the family members of robbery mastermind Mahipal Banwala will be quizzed. The mastermind had committed suicide after being caught.
A delegation of affected customers met inspector general of police, Rohtak Range, Anil Kumar Rao at Gohana during his visit and suspected that half of the booty stolen from Gohana-based PNB by digging more than 80-ft tunnel that is yet to be recovered could be in the possession of Mahipal Banwala's family.
Rao said he would speak to Sonepat superintendent of police Arun Nehra regarding the investigation and police would do everything to bring the culprit to book.
After the multi-crore heist came to light, the police arrested four youths namely Satish, Balraj, Surender and Arvind of Katwal village in Sonepat district and recovered nearly 44-kg ornaments. Another suspect, Rajesh Duhan, of the same village is at large.
However, in written affidavits regarding stolen valuables, the affected customers had claimed that a total of 80-kg valuables had gone missing.
A member of delegation reminded IGP AK Rao that one of the accused arrested by police had claimed before electronic media that other four had shared 50% of booty while mastermind Mahipal alone had taken the rest of it.
Sonepat SSP Arun Singh Nehra said so far the police have also recovered a countrymade pistol with two cartridges besides valuables. He said based on information given by one of the accused, police on Monday recovered `1.5 lakh from a vacant plot at Katwal village. With this, the amount of cash recovered has gone up to `2.65 lakh, he added.
The accused are in nine-day police remand after they were produced in a court.
Accused wanted to melt ornaments for selling
During the interrogation of the accused, the police learnt that the robbers had planned to get all the stolen ornaments melted to give it a shape of biscuits so that they can sell the booty easily.
Inspector Rattan Singh, who is part of a special investigation team constituted by DGP SN Vashisht to probe the case, said the accused had planned to get all the ornaments melted for disposing it off in order to avoid getting trapped while dealing with goldsmith. However, swift cracking of case by police foiled their ill-design and most of the stolen valuables were recovered, he added.