Weapon,tools found in Khirki house,two members of gang spent Friday night there
Twenty four hours after 7-8 armed assailants robbed a cash van containing Rs 5.25 crore in Defence Colony,police have arrested one person and detained a man named Deepak .
Police said three others have been identified and a search was on to apprehend them. They,however,declined to name the arrested man. Police sources said a 9 mm pistol and an amount of 1.5 crore of the loot has been recovered,but no senior police officer was willing to confirm this.
The detention came after police conducted raids in Khirki Village,South Delhi,based on tip-offs.
On Friday afternoon,a gang of armed men waylaid a van carrying money from ICICI Banks Hauz Khas branch to its branch in Lajpat Nagar-1.
The men held the four occupants of the van driver Anil,gunmen Ajab Singh and Munna Singh,and custodian Ashok Singh at gunpoint,got them off the van and fled in the van.
Munna Singh who tried resisting was shot dead.
Police sources told Newsline that the assailants were part of the UP-based Hari Kishan gang,which has been involved in a number of robberies and murders in the NCR region. Sources said Deepak,who has been detained,is Hari Kishans brother.
Deepak reportedly told police that the robbery was planned by six members of the gang. A pistol,a hammer and a rod,apart from a major portion of the money,have been recovered from his possession,police said.
Till late Saturday night,police were conducting raids. Senior police officers confirmed that the case has been solved and that the accused will be arrested soon.
Police said Deepak and three others of the gang spent Friday night at a rented accommodation in Khirki Extensions T Block.
The apartment reportedly had been taken on rent a week ago.
Neighbours reportedly told police that the men arrived with two bags and spent the night in the flat before heading out of the house early morning.
Around 7 am on Saturday,the two aluminium bags,in which the cash was kept at the time of the heist,were recovered from next the Sai Mandir near Select City Walk mall.
Police said the accused had been carrying out a recce of the Lajpat Nagar area for the past one-and-a-half months.
Police are also investigating the role of an insider in the case. They said the cash van,which had been deputed on other such assignments before,did not have an air-conditioning system and,hence,the windows had to be kept rolled down.
Police are investigating how a van transporting such huge amounts could be allowed to run in such a condition.
Police said they got their first clues from the two abandoned cash boxes. Since they were found near Khirki Extension,they concentrated their search in this locality and reportedly identified four of the men and detained one of them .