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Tarn Taran police crack Axis Bank dacoity cases, woman among 2 held

The police have recovered Rs 4 lakh, 625gm heroin, two pistols, four cartridges, 1,800 intoxicant tablets and a Honda Accord car from the possession of the key accused.

punjab Updated: Dec 20, 2017 11:48 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Tarn Taran
Tarn Taran,police crack dacoity,2 held
SSP Darshan Singh showing the currency and other items recovered from the accused in Tarn Taran on Tuesday.(HT Photo)

The district police on Tuesday claimed to have cracked three dacoity cases, including two in Axis Bank branches in Tarn Taran, with the arrest of two members, including a woman, of robbers’ gang from Gandiwind village, 30 km from here and Guru Teg Bahadur Nagar here. The male accused is kingpin of he gang.

The arrested accused are Sakandarpal Singh of Gandiwind and Ranbir Kaur of Tarn Taran, who is mother of one of the gang members, Punjab Singh. However, four members of the gang, Punjab Singh of Tarn Taran, Jobanjit Singh and Jaswant Kaur of Havellian village, and Sarabjit Singh of Tarn Taran are yet to be arrested.

The police have recovered Rs 4 lakh, 625gm heroin, two pistols, four cartridges, 1,800 intoxicant tablets and a car from key accused

Senior superintendent of police (SSP) Darshan Singh Mann, addressing a press conference, said, “The gang had committed three dacoities in the district, during the past two months. They looted Rs 6 lakh from a branch of the Axis Bank at Ghurkwind village on November 3, Rs 7 lakh from the Axis Bank branch in Naurangabad village on December 15 after firing two shots inside the bank and around Rs 7,000 at gunpoint from Auto Fuel station employees at Sarhali on November 5.”

He said, “A team under the supervision of superintendent of police (SP) Tilak Raj was constituted to solve the cases. During the team’s investigation, the police arrested Sakandarpal— kingpin of the gang — from Gandiwind and Ranbir Kaur from Guru Teg Bahadur Nagar. The kingpin confessed to the police that his gang did all three robberies.”

He said a police team is on the lookout to nab the absconding accused.

“The accused had already been booked under sections 392 (punishment for robbery), 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation), 394 (voluntarily causing hurt in committing robbery), 379-B (punishment for theft) of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and 25-27-54-59 of the Arms Act at Tarn Taran Sadar, Bhikhiwind and Sarhali police stations,” he added.

First Published: Dec 20, 2017 11:45 IST