The breakthrough in the heist within 24 hours would not have been possible without the technical support SIS provided, according to the cash logistics company. A company spokesperson said that based on the vehicular movement details through the GPS map between 3.47 and 4.09 pm on the date of the incident, the police zeroed in on driver Pradeep Kumar Shukla.
“We let the police know how much time it takes to offload the cash based on the denominations. We gave the police the geo-coordinates of the vehicle after it deviated. The culprit was found within 300 metres from the location we provided,” said the spokesperson.
Officials, however, could not explain why in the minutes after the heist no call went to the guard abandoned by Shukla midway. Shukla allegedly drove off after the armed guard got down to relieve himself. The guard came down to the office and explained the situation, following which officials swung into action, said sources.
According to SIS, if a company vehicle deviates from a charted path there is a pop-up and it alerts the operations department, the concerned branch and the national operations centre.
According to the spokesperson, after the pop-up “a phone call is made to the custodian or the gunman” to know about the situation. The company reported the heist to the police at 5.48 pm on November 26.
The company says they track the movement of vehicles during the day when the replenishment happens. At the company’s national operations centre, idle vehicles are marked black on a display screen and vehicles on the move are marked yellow. A click shows the geo-coordinates of the vehicle.
“Each vehicle is marked with a route chart and if any vehicle takes a different route it needs a diversion permission. If it deviates without permission we wait for a few minutes as in some cases the vehicles stop for oil refilling,” said the spokesperson.
The company says it has the best of tech and security system. Officials say there is no way of knowing what a person will think up, but all measures are in place to prevent misappropriation.
Each employee is monitored in the control room and employees in cash processing division are not allowed to wear clothes with pockets, said an official.