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Lucknow loot and murder: Assailant entered Narhi’s lanes and disappeared

Footages retrieved from the CCTV cams installed at different intersections suggested that the motorcycle-borne assailant passed through the same route (near Raj Bhawan) after the loot and murder and entered the narrow lanes of the crowded Narhi locality of Hazratganj.

lucknow Updated: Aug 01, 2018 14:59 IST
Rohit K Singh
Rohit K Singh
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
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The crime scene of the loot and murder incident near Raj Bhawan was recreated twice by the UP Special Task Force and Lucknow police in 24 hours. (HT Photo)

Footages retrieved from the CCTV cams installed at different intersections suggested that the motorcycle-borne assailant passed through the same route (near Raj Bhawan) after the loot and murder and entered the narrow lanes of the crowded Narhi locality of Hazratganj.

“The footages showed the assailant driving through Bandariyabagh crossing before taking a left turn towards the Golf Club crossing and then to Park road before turning right and entering lanes of Narhi,” confirmed Kalanidhi Naithani, SSP (Lucknow).

He said the assailant had multiple exit options after entering Narhi where CCTV cams were installed at a few points. “There are also chances that he may have hid in some rented accommodation and moved out later after changing his clothes and vehicle,” said the SSP.

The officer said multiple police teams had been deployed to search each and every nook and corner with the hope that the assailant might have abandoned his motorcycle at some place after entering Narhi.

To get some more clues about the assailant’s movement, the police teams were also asked to identity points where CCTVs were installed by private establishments/locals in the locality, he added.

Naithani said some cops in civvies were also deployed to collect manual intelligence from residents of Narhi as the assailant might have stayed in the same locality and did a reccee of the cash van’s movement at Axis Bank near Raj Bhawan before executing the crime. He said the teams were also asked to check every exit point of Narhi.

Modus operandi similar to Hasanganj incident

The modus operandi of the assailant in the loot and murder near Raj Bhawan on Monday was similar to that of the assailants involved in the daring daylight ₹50 lakh cash loot from a cash van in the busy Babuganj locality of Hasanganj area on February 27, 2015.

The Hasanganj incident that claimed lives of three persons including an armed cash van guard is still unsolved.

In both the incidents, the cash van staff was robbed when they stopped to deposit or collect cash at the ATM booth or the bank.

“There were three assailants in the Hasanganj incident. Similar to the Hazratganj incident, the assailants had entered narrow lanes of the crowded locality after executing the crime,” said a senior police official.

He said the assailants opened fire on the cash van guard carrying a firearm and two others after intercepting the vehicle. The iron box containing cash looted in Hasanganj area was later recovered from a ground in a college in Golaganj, Wazirganj, nearly 4 km from the crime scene.

As per initial probe, the police identified at least 50 criminals whose details were available with them and short-listed 10 among them on the basis of their modus operandi, daredevilry, use of weapon and available video footages.

CRIME SCENE RECREATED TWICE IN 24 HRS

The crime scene of the loot and murder incident near Raj Bhawan was recreated twice by the UP Special Task Force (STF) and Lucknow police in the last 24 hours.

The police team on Tuesday recreated the sequence with help of ballistic and field unit of state forensic laboratory to analyse the crime pattern. The investigators tried to assess the angle and distance from which the assailants opened fire on the three cash van staff.

Armed guard Indra Mohan was killed while two others, custodian Umesh Sharma and driver Ram Sewak were injured in the incident.

The two survivors in the incident were questioned about different things related to the assailant’s modus operandi and appearance.

Earlier, the STF team led by SSP (STF) Abhishek Singh had recreated the crime scene on Monday night with help of the custodian and the driver of the cash van of Securitrans India Private Limited (SIPL).

GUARD’S BODY HANDED OVER TO KIN

Cash van guard Indra Mohan’s father, Munshi Lal and his other family members had to struggle to get his body due to delay in the post-mortem examination. The deceased’s father said the post-mortem examination of his son’s body was delayed for many hours at the mortuary of King George Medical University and he was handed over the body after the autopsy around 5.30 pm on Tuesday.

Munshi Lal said he was informed about his son’s death around 4.30 pm on Monday and he reached Lucknow within two hours, but the police investigation and medical examination took over 24 hours before the body was handed over to him.

First Published: Aug 01, 2018 14:59 IST