Four months after the robbery at the residence of an electronics showroom owner Raj Kumar Agnihotri, who was a disciple of self-styled ‘godman’ Asaram, the police have arrested one of the accused, while as many as six accused are still on the run.
The arrested accused has been identified as Amandeep Singh alias Moni of Mohalla Sodhian of Moga. The police arrested Amandeep near Chatar Singh Park, Model Town area, on Sunday following a tip-off.
The accused revealed that Parminder Singh alias Bhinda alias Prema Lahoria of Jalandhar, Bhau alias Chhandran Wala alias Judje, Jaipal alias Pehalwan of Ferozepur, Sunil Kumar Kalra alias Shaila of Jamalpur, and a man named Barnala, were also involved in the robbery.
Sub-inspector Gurmeet Singh, in-charge at CIA staff-2, said that the accused said his cousin Sunil Kumar Kalra called him on August 24 and hatched the conspiracy. As per the plan, he along with other four accused, impersonating as sleuths of Gujarat police entered the house and robbed Rs 15 lakh in cash and 2.40-kg gold from Agnihotri’s house on August 24, while two of the perpetrators stayed outside to keep a tab on activities and stay alerted. After the crime, they all dispersed after collecting their share of the loot.
The police have also gathered that Parminder Singh Bhinda alias Prema Lahoria was arrested by Patiala police. The police will bring him for questioning on production warrant. The police have launched a manhunt for the arrest of the remaining accused.
Asaram used to stay at Raj Kumar Agnihotri’s house during his visits to Ludhiana. Police personnel from Gujarat and Delhi had raided his house when they were on the lookout for Asaram and his son in 2013. Asaram’s son, Narayan Sai, was allegedly hiding in the house but managed to sneak away before the raid happened.
Taking advantage of the information, five of the accused on August 24, posing as sleuths of Gujarat police, looted Rs 15 lakh cash, 2.40-kg gold, and two licensed weapons from Agnihotri’s house on the pretext of conducting a check in connection with the arrest of Asaram. At that time, Agnihotri along with his two sons was at electronics showroom in Basti Jodhewal area.