Three arrested in Rs.5.25 crore heist

Last Updated: Sun, Sep 30, 2012 18:53 hrs

New Delhi: Three men have been arrested for a sensational Rs.5.25 crore bank van robbery here that left a guard dead, police said Sunday.

Deepak Sharma, 34, was taken into custody Saturday from Sector 5 in Pushp Vihar in south Delhi. Police said they had recovered Rs.2.36 crore of the Rs.5.25 crore that was looted from a van carrying cash belonging to ICICI Bank.

"Deepak Sharma is the mastermind of the heist," said Joint Commissioner of Police Vivek Gogia.

Co-accused Mukesh and Tekram were arrested for helping Deepak in the robbery, police said. A hunt is on for four others involved in the crime.

At the time of Deepak's arrest a 9 mm pistol, two magazines and Rs.1.5 crore were recovered from him, police said, adding that he was involved in three other robberies.

The heist took place Friday afternoon in upmarket Defence Colony in Delhi. The guard of the van who was killed was identified as Munna Singh, 40.

The cash van was found abandoned two hours after the robbery from Hauz Rani in south Delhi. Two empty trunks were recovered from it.

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