Four bike-borne assailants stole a chest containing Rs 90 lakh from a cash van in Northeast Delhis Dilshad Garden around 2 pm on Monday. They allegedly held hostage the driver,a guard and a custodian of the van during the robbery.
According to police,there were two custodians,one guard and a driver inside the cash van that belongs to CMS company. The van had reportedly stopped in the area to collect cash from a wine shop. One custodian,Karamveer,stepped outside the van to go to the shop,while the other three were sitting inside. Then,four bike-borne assailants attacked the trio.
The four assailants,who were wearing helmets,got inside the van and snatched a gun from the guards hand,police said. They then held the trio hostage at gunpoint,snatched the van keys from the driver,stole the chest that contained the cash and fled. The assailants allegedly threatened them of dire consequence if they raised an alarm. The three inside the van were identified as Sukhbir (guard),Mahesh Chand (custodian) and Ranjeet (driver).
According to police,the van had collected cash from 22 outlets including Reliance Fresh stores and petrol pumps.
The cash van had reportedly left East Delhi around 10.30 am and reached a wine shop in Damodar Park after collecting money from other outlets.
Soon after the assailants left,the occupants of the van made a PCR call informing the police about the incident. A case has been registered at Dilshad Garden police station.
Police said they would be questioning the wine shop staff as the accused seemed to know about the arrival of the van carrying cash.
No one saw their face as they were wearing helmets but police will now access CCTV footage from outside the wine shop to ascertain the exact sequence of events. Police said the CCTV footage may help them trace the registration numbers of their bikes. Investigation is underway,police said.