Days after cash worth Rs 13.26 lakh was robbed from the Bank of Maharashtra in Sachin, four accused were arrested on Thursday from Uttar Pradesh, police said.
The bank staff was held hostage at gunpoint on August 11 as the accused robbed the bank, as per officials. While one of the alleged robbers is still at large, cash worth Rs 2.13 lakh is said to have been seized from the arrested men.
As he briefed reporters on Friday evening, Surat Police Commissioner Ajay Kumar Tomar said, “Four gang members, identified as Vipin Singh Thakur (38), Arbaz Khan (21), Anujpratap Singh Thakur (21) and Furkan Ahmed Mohammed Saif (22), have been arrested and all are residents of Amethi in Uttar Pradesh. The gang was led by Vipin Singh. Against him, over 30 offenses related to robbery, Arms Act, among other cases were already registered. Around one and half years ago, he was released from a jail in UP in a case. Vipin often comes to Surat because he is also involved in a saree business.”
Tomar further added, “All the 32 offences done by Vipin are registered with different police stations in Uttar Pradesh where he is an infamous gangster. We are suspecting the gang involvement in more crimes in Surat. But that can only be confirmed after a thorough interrogation. We are also looking for one more accused who is absconding, and recovering the remaining cash. The crime branch teams will get Rs 1 lakh as reward.”
According to the case details, five masked robbers armed with pistols reached the Bank of Maharashtra at Vanj village in Sachin on August 11. They then allegedly threatened some bank employees at gunpoint and locked them with a few customers in a room. They allegedly robbed cash worth Rs 13.26 lakh, and fled on two bikes after the crime. A complaint was registered with Sachin police station by bank manager Kishan Singh Sajjan Singh. Police had registered offence of robbery, and started the probe.
The same day, police personnel found two bikes allegedly used in the crime. CCTV footage from the bank and other areas was collected. A team of the Surat Crime Branch on Thursday caught the four accused from Uttar Pradesh.