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With arrest of 3 men in Jalandhar, gang involved in 34 ATM thefts across 4 states busted: police

“CCTV camera footage in the July 20 ATM robbery at Sultanpur Lodhi — in which Rs 11.43 lakh were looted — gave a lead about a Hyundai Verna sedan used in the crime,” said  inspector general of police (IGP) Arpit Shukla at a press conference where he was accompanied by senior superintendent of police (SSP) Sandeep Kumar Sharma. 

punjab Updated: Jul 26, 2017 09:23 IST
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IGP Arpit Shukla and other police officials presenting the three arrested men in Jalandhar on Tuesday, July 25.
IGP Arpit Shukla and other police officials presenting the three arrested men in Jalandhar on Tuesday, July 25.(Pardeep Pandit/HT )

The Kapurthala police on Tuesday claimed to have busted a gang involved in 34 heists of automated teller machines (ATMs) in Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand; and arrested three of its members, including a Class-10 dropout who is alleged to be the kingpin.

 The accused have been identified as alleged leader Inderjeet Singh (41) of Jalandhar’s New Ganesh Nagar, Prince (25) of Joginder Nagar in the same city; and Amrik Singh (33) of Tarn Taran who is originally from UP’s Lakhimpur Kheri district. Police said Rs 10 lakh in cash, two pistols, 12 cartridges, 1,200 intoxicant capsules and tablets, a car and a gas-based cutter with a cylinder used in a recent crime were seized from them. 

“CCTV camera footage in the July 20 ATM robbery at Sultanpur Lodhi — in which Rs 11.43 lakh were looted — gave a lead about a Hyundai Verna sedan used in the crime,” said  inspector general of police (IGP) Arpit Shukla at a press conference where he was accompanied by senior superintendent of police (SSP) Sandeep Kumar Sharma. 

 On Monday evening, policemen in Sultanpur Lodhi stopped a Verna upon suspicion and quizzed the three men inside; and the gang was busted, said the IGP. Cops seized the gas-based cutter, a cylinder, and fake vehicle registration plates. “When interrogated, they gave leads to recovery of the cash, the weapons, and intoxicants,” the IGP said, adding that they “confessed” to 34 ATM robberies, including 22 in Punjab, seven in Himachal Pradesh, four in UP and one in Uttarakhand.

They recently robbed the Verna from a doctor in Amritsar by throwing chilli into his eyes; and a Hyundai i20 from Jandiala; besides another car from Jalandhar, Shukla added. 

They have spent Rs 3.2 crore of the loot either on purchasing land or deposited the money in bank accounts of relatives, he said. 

A case under sections of the Indian Penal Code, the NDPS Act and Arms Act was registered.