City crime branch police on Wednesday arrested a man from Ahmadabad who was associated with an inter-state gang of robbers. The accused told police about three robbery incidents including Rs 10 lakh heist committed at AU Small Finance Bank in the city two months ago. His role was to do recce and inform about possible robbery bids.
Additional Superintendent of Police (crime) Amarendra Singh said assistant manager of AU Bank and her colleague were robbed of Rs 10 lakh near their branch in Vijay Nagar in July this year. They took money from Malav Parisar branch of ICICI bank when two bike-borne men snatched the bag containing money and fled. The incident was captured in a CCTV installed near the spot. A team of crime branch was later constituted to trace the accused.
During the investigation, crime branch team found crucial information about the robbers and arrested group member Veenu Tamaiche from Kuber Nagar in Ahmadabad. Veenu allegedly confessed to his involvement in Rs 10 lakh robbery from bank employees. He told police that he is the member of an inter-state gang, which is divided in many groups and each group commits robbery in different cities. As per plan, gang members reached Indore from Ahmadabad.
Some of the members reached here on bike while Veenu came to city by train. He was told to conduct recce outside the bank. As he is a middle-aged person, no one doubted him. Accused informed police that he was standing outside ICICI bank in the city on July 21 when he spotted the assistant bank manager and her colleague taking money in a bag. He informed other members named Lakhan alias Sachin Bhogekar, Surya Bhogekar and Vicky Indrekar of Ahmadabad.
After receiving information from Veenu, other accused started chasing the bank employees and snatched the bag containing money. Veenu told police that he belongs to community, which formed 27 groups to commit robbery in Delhi, West Bengal, Karnataka, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh.