Rs 15-lakh Ludhiana PNB heist: One more held with cash, arms

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Aug 19, 2016 15:45 IST
The accused in police custody in Ludhiana on Thursday. (HT Photo)

Making another breakthrough in the 90-second robbery at Punjab National Bank’s (PNB) Jawahar Nagar Camp branch on August 1, Division Number 5 police arrested another accused from Kochar Market following a tip-off on Wednesday late.

The accused has been identified as Rakesh Kumar (28) of Ferozepur. Police claimed to have recovered a motorcycle, country-made pistol, two bullets and Rs 71,000 from his possession. The accused was produced in the court that remanded him in two-day police custody.

Till now three out of five accused have been arrested. And of the Rs 15 lakh looted from the bank, police have managed to recover Rs 7.21 lakh.

Division Number 5 station house officer (SHO) Beant Juneja said after the incident, accused and his accomplices fled towards Ferozepur. From there, they separated and moved to different places. The accused told police that he got Rs 2 lakh in cash as share from the Rs 15 lakh that they had looted.

“He purchased a mobile phone worth Rs 6,500, and also spent a lot of money on buying clothes and shoes,” said the SHO. “He hired a taxi and visited hill stations such as Kullu, Manali, Dalhousie and Mcleodganj. He spent Rs 1.2 lakh in 15 days.”

Accused is a school van driver in Ferozepur. Police are investigating, but have not found any criminal record. He is married and has two children.

Read: Kingpin had savings account in same PNB branch

Police will question him about from where he procured the country-made pistol.

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