Police bust highway robbers’ gang led by bank peon

July 12th, 2008 - 12:43 am ICT by IANS  

Jamnagar (Gujarat), July 11(IANS) The police Friday claimed to have solved a case of daylight highway robbery with the arrest of four people here and recovery of Rs. 2.4 million from them. The heist was reportedly planned by a bank peon. “Of the five-member gang, four have been arrested. The brain behind the robbery, a peon of the Vadatra village Grameen Bank, has also been arrested,” Superintendent of Police Rajendra V. Jotangia told reporters Friday.

According to police, the peon, Pravin Pankhania, had informed his accomplice Meraman Rabari of Jamnagar a day in advance that he and the bank’s cashier would be taking money to Khambaliya’s State Bank of Saurashtra branch Wednesday afternoon.

Five masked men had laid in wait in a red Qualis and waylaid the car on the outskirts of Vadatra village on Khambaliya-Jamnagar highway, 56 km from here.

The robbers broke the window panes of the bank’s car terrifying the occupants and then threw chilli powder into the eyes of the cashier before making a quick getaway with the bag containing Rs.25 million.

Jotangia said two men were arrested Thursday after the peon broke down on interrogation.

Two more men were held Friday. Apart from Meraman, others arrested are Ashwin Vala, Prakash Barot(both of Jamangar), Jignesh Hirabhai Mori of Villeshwar village near Porbandar. The fifth accused Hira Lakhabhai Rabari is still at large.

Of the money looted, all but Rs.11,000 have been recovered, the police said.

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