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Detwal village bank robbery cracked in 48 hours, 4 held

Peon key conspirator, brother of a convict in DSP Balraj murder case

Detwal village bank robbery cracked in 48 hours, 4 held

Police officials address mediapersons in Ludhiana. Himanshu Mahajan

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 13

With the arrest of four persons, the Ludhiana Commissionerate solved a major bank robbery occurred at the Punjab National Bank (PNB) branch in Detwal village within 48 hours. Kuldeep, who is working as a peon at the bank, turned out to be the main conspirator in the case.

Despite a high alert in the state, the miscreants had looted Rs 7.44 lakh from the PNB branch in Detwal village on Thursday afternoon. The rural police were on their toes after the incident.

The loot incident had occurred in the jurisdiction of the Ludhiana rural police and a case was registered at the Mullanpur police station. However, the Ludhiana Commissionerate police succeeded in solving the case.

The arrested accused are Rupinder Singh, alias Pinder (50), of Talwara village, a security guard by profession, a sand trader, Inderjit Singh (30), of Gondpur village, Ravi Sahota (33) of Salem Tabri, a driver by profession, and Kuldeep Singh (45) of Pand Talwara village.

Kuldeep, the peon at the bank, is the brother of a murder convict who had killed DSP Balraj Singh Gill and Monica Kapila at a farmhouse on Hambran Road, here, in 2012. Six accused were convicted in the murder case.

Commissioner of Police (CP) Kaustubh Sharma, JCP (City) Narinder Bhargav, along with other officials, conducted a press meet in this regard.

The CP said the peon, Kuldeep, was already present at the bank when robbers reached the place and took everyone at gunpoint. He had guided his accomplices about the exact timing when cash would be available in the cashier’s cabin. The robbers had entered the bank as per the timing given by the peon.

Sharma said a tip-off was received that the accused who committed a bank robbery at Detwal village were present at a cremation ground in the city and they were planning to commit a dacoity in another bank now. Accordingly, a team conducted a raid and nabbed the accused. One of the accused managed to give a slip to the police.

The JCP said the police recovered Rs 2.39 lakh in cash, a .12 bore double barrel gun along with 14 live cartridges, seven empty cartridges, a .32 bore countrymade pistol with two live cartridges, a sharp weapon, an iron rod, a CT-100 motorcycle (bearing registration no. PB13P5916), five masks and a plastic rope.

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