March 21, 2009 12:29:58 am
The only woman in the interstate gang of robbers busted by the Special Cell on Friday played a big role in the gangs success. Rajbiri,the girlfriend of the gangs kingpin,Baljinder Singh,is yet to be arrested.
According to police sources,Rajbiri accompanied the gang to the scenes of crime and provided support.
In the Haridwar bank robbery case,Rajbiri waited outside the bank in a car,while the gang held bank staff and customers hostage. The four robbers then came out and kept the robbed amount in Rajbiris car. Two of the men accompanied her,while the other two fled.
The car then merged with the traffic and was never stopped probably because of Rajbiris presence. She also accompanied Baljinder in the failed robbery attempt in Oriental Bank of Commerce in Kamla Market.
Police said that Rajbiri had first met Baljinder Singh at her residence in Meerut. Baljinder had escaped from the custody of Punjab police in January 2004 and fled to Meerut.
He went to Rajbiris house in Hastinapur after a contact told him that she was letting out rooms on rent.
Initially,Rajbiri was not aware of Baljiders criminal activities. After he was arrested from her residence in April 2005 by the Rajasthan police following a spate of robberies there,police told her about his criminal record.
Baljinder again escaped from Ganga Nagar jail in Rajasthan and approached Rajbiri. By this time,she had left her first husband and remarried. Her second husband died of a heart attack and she got attracted to Baljinder. She told Baljinder she was keen to join the gang and could provide getaways and a hideout, a senior police officer said.
She soon started accompanying the gang to various crime scenes and would wait outside. She would then transport the robbed money in her car. At police pickets,she was never stopped.
Baljinder took refuge in her residence. She even helped other gang members find safe hideouts or dispose the cash.
She kept an account of the robbed money and started making investments in Baljinders name. She made him invest in a 7.5-acre plot in Hastinapur.
It was on her advice that Baljinder bought a few trucks and invested in a construction project.
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