Two days after Rs 15 lakh was robbed from a Punjab National Bank branch here at gunpoint, police arrested the kingpin, Sukhwinder Singh, a history-sheeter. Police have recovered Rs 6 lakh of the booty, a pistol, five cartridges and a motorcycle from the possession of the accused.
Police said Sukhwinder’s three accomplices, who are at large, have been identified and the robbery was planned when they were together in jail.
Sukhwinder is a resident of Jawahar Nagar Camp, which is in the same area where the robbery was committed. He had come out of the jail only four-and-half months ago and bought the pistol used in the robbery from Meerut.
Commissioner of police Jatinder Singh Aulakh said police scanned footage of CCTV cameras installed in the area and his location at the time of the crime helped crack the case. The police scanned footage of nearly 500 CCTV cameras to identify the accused. The accused had entered the bank with faces covered, but their faces were without a veil after the crime was committed. Teams have been dispatched to nab his three accomplices, Aulakh said.
At least four cases of loot, arms act, house trespass, attempt to murder among others were registered against Sukhwinder between 2010 and 2013 at different police stations in the city, police said.
Sukhwinder has been booked under sections 397 (robbery with attempt to cause death or grievous hurt), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 120 B (criminal conspiracy).
In barely 90 seconds, the accused robbed the unguarded PNB branch of Rs 15 lakh on Monday afternoon. Six employees and a customer were inside the first-floor bank office when the raiders barged in, firing in the air.
Rs 2 lakh reward to informer
Once Sukhwinder was identified as one of the robbers, his pictures were circulated among the informers, who provided specific information about his whereabouts to the police. “We will give Rs 2-lakh reward to the informer who provided the information about Sukhwinder,” Aulakh said.