Guard, van driver steal Rs68 lakh

It is a plot straight out of a Hollywood flick. Without even firing a single bullet shot, a van driver and a security gunman managed to escape with Rs68.5 lakh, an amount that was meant for various ATM booths across the city.
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Updated on Jan 28, 2011 11:13 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

It is a plot straight out of a Hollywood flick. Without even firing a single bullet shot, a van driver and a security gunman managed to escape with Rs68.5 lakh, an amount that was meant for various ATM booths across the city. The two accused fled with the money without letting anyone know. The police have not been able to track them as well.

The incident occurred in Southeast Delhi on Friday evening. According to police, the accused even managed to disarm the Global Positioning System as well. The police said that the accused worked for a security company called Scientific Security Management Private Limited.

Gun left behind
The incident occurred in Alaknanda area in Southeast Delhi when the accused and two custodians went to replenish the HDFC bank ATM in the market around 3.15 pm.

The police said the accused have been identified as Ram Kumar, the driver of the cash van who is a resident of Mahipalpur, and Sanjeev Kumar, the gunman who is a resident of Kotla Mubarakpur. The police said both the accused are in their late 40s. They went with two custodians Rajesh Kumar and Suresh Kumar. Custodians keep an account of the cash that is being filled into ATMs.

"Like every other day the four went to replenish various ATMs. Their first stop was Alaknanda market. Rajesh and Suresh went to the ATM to deposit the cash. While they were refilling the ATM, Sanjeev walked up to them and said he and Ram were going out to eat," said a senior police officer on the condition of anonymity, as he was not authorised to speak to the media.

The police said Sanjeev left his double barrel .12 bore rifle with the custodians and went from the spot. When they came out the two found that the accused had fled from the spot. The accused vanished with around Rs67.50 lakh in cash.

GPS Tracker fails:
The police said they were informed about the incident two hours late. They added that for the first two hours, the security company tried to trace the cash van on their own. "We believe that the accused found a way to disable the GPS tracker. We have formed teams to probe the matter," added the officer.

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