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Four of ATM robber’s gang held during raid by Pathankot police

A gang of four ATM robbers has reportedly came into the police net while one of their accomplices managed to flee the scene when a police party led by two deputy superintendents of police (DSPs) Parabhjot Singh Virk and Manoj Kumar Thakur conducted a joint raid on their hideout in a mango orchard near Mammun Cantt area.

punjab Updated: Feb 04, 2015 23:43 IST
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Hindustan Times
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A gang of four ATM robbers has reportedly came into the police net while one of their accomplices managed to flee the scene when a police party led by two deputy superintendents of police (DSPs) Parabhjot Singh Virk and Manoj Kumar Thakur conducted a joint raid on their hideout in a mango orchard near Mammun Cantt area.

Addressing a press conference, Pathankot senior superintendent of police (SSP) Rakesh Kaushal claimed that police had information about the gang and in the raid four gang members were arrested, while one managed to flee the spot, but would be arrested soon.

The SSP said the arrested members were identified as Jagjit Singh, Shiv Kumar, Karan Kumar, all from Pathankot, and Deepak Kumar from Dhariwal.

He said the robber who fled was identified as Ashwani Kumar by his arrested accomplices.

Police seized nearly 1kg arncotic substance and four sharp-edged weapons from their possession, which they had been using during robberies in and around Pathankot, SSP added.

The arrested robbers had purportedly admitted during the preliminary investigation that they used to steal money from bank ATMs and they had broken an ATM of State Bank of Patiala at Sarna village in March 2014, a Punjab National Bank ATM on May 2014 and they attempted to break open an ATM of Axis Bank in Mammun on 26 January, but failed, said the SSP.

The accused also admitted that they had stolen 70 cases of Godrej soap from Vijay Karyana shop at Sarna Village, said the SSP, adding, on Wednesday, they were planning another robbery but were arrested by the police team.

“We may learn more things in the course of investigation and will share with you, said the SSP when asked if they had attacked anybody during their robbery bid.
Police had booked all the four under the NDPS Act as narcotic powder was recovered from their possession, the SSP concluded.

First Published: Feb 04, 2015 23:40 IST