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Lucknow cash van loot and murder: Assailant thought Rae Bareli was safe for him, but…

Cash van loot and murder case accused Vineet Tewari’s decision to go to his hometown Rae Bareli to evade arrest proved to the ‘death knell’ for his escape plan.

lucknow Updated: Aug 06, 2018 14:32 IST
Pawan Dixit
Pawan Dixit
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
Lucknow cash van loot,Murder,Crime
The accused in police custody.(Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)

Cash van loot and murder case accused Vineet Tewari’s decision to go to his hometown Rae Bareli to evade arrest proved to the ‘death knell’ for his escape plan.

Before the cops raided Tewari’s house at New Indrapuri, Bhola Khera, Krishna Nagar, on Saturday morning, he had fled from there. His brother-in-law Kavindra Pandey played a vital role in this escape plan.

  • The assailant went on a shopping spree along with his wife when he reached home after committing the murder and loot.
  • After committing the crime around 3.41 pm, he reached home in the next 40-50 minutes. Thereafter, he took his wife for shopping at the local market in Alambagh. The couple purchased clothes and shoes along with other goods.

After leaving his house, the assailant went to Manak Nagar, where his brother-in-law was staying. Pandey dropped Tewari to the Manak Nagar railway station in Alambagh on his motorcycle. After sometime, Tewari’s wife Soni also reached there along with her two minor daughters and the cash bag.

From there, the couple went to Telibagh and boarded a bus for Bachhrawan, Rae Bareli. At Bachhrawan, the couple changed the bus for Lalganj.

The couple then went to Vineet’s sister, Manju’s house in Bhola Ka Purwa village.

“After reaching his sister’s house, Tewari thought that he was safe,” said Kalanidhi Naithani, senior superintendent of police, Lucknow.

  • Vineet Tewari confined himself to his house from July 31 (day after the incident), after sketches of his photographs appeared in media.
  • It was from newspapers that he also came to know about video clips of the incident circulating in social media. In these clips, the assailant’s motorcycle was clearly visible.
  • Thereafter, Tewari followed the news related with the incident.
  • “The assailant was following news reports related with the incident. He had a feeling that the police might reach his house,” said the SSP.
  • Thereafter, he decided to flee from Lucknow, he added.

However, cops got a clue about Tewari escaping to Rae Bareli when they carried out a raid at his house in New Indrapuri Colony on Saturday.

“It was from Raj Kumari (mother of the assailant), we came to know that Tewari had gone to Manak Nagar to meet his brother-in-law Kavindra Pandey. A police team rushed to Manak Nagar and apprehended him,” added the SSP.

From Pandey, cops came to know that Tiwari had escaped to Rae Bareli.

Without wasting anytime, senior cops in Lucknow alerted the Rae Bareli police.

Acting on the information, the Swat team of the Rae Bareli police carried out a raid at Bhola ka Purwa village and arrested the assailant from his sister Manju’s house late on Saturday night.

Tewari’s wife was arrested from a nearby house and Rs 4,73,900 cash was recovered from her.

Meanwhile, a police team from Lucknow also rushed to Rae Bareli and brought the couple to Lucknow.

“We have also detained the assailant’s wife to know whether she was aware of the loot and murder executed by her husband,” said the SSP.

“The brother-in-law has been arrested on charges of helping Tewari flee,” added the SSP.

Now, cops will also verify whether Vineet Tewari had executed any other loot and murder in the state capital.

It may be pointed out that the assailant hails from Nakdilpur village under Amarpur thana in Rae Bareli.

“It was a commendable effort put in by 20 police teams that led to the arrest of the killer,” said OP Singh, DGP.

Tewari had killed one Suresh Kumar Vajpayee on March 9, 2013, in his native village. Since then, he was absconding. The Rae Bareli police had announced a reward of Rs 2,500 on him.


The Lucknow police have decided to strictly enforce guidelines issued by the RBI for cash collection agencies.

“The van carrying cash must have two chambers, the cash must be in double locks and only the cash custodian must operate the keys,” said Sujeet Pandey, IG, Lucknow range.

The vehicle must have four cameras, one each on all four sides to record everything, added Pandey.

“The cash collection agencies had not been following RBI guidelines. Now, we will enforce these guidelines,” said the IG.

First Published: Aug 06, 2018 14:32 IST