In what could be the biggest cash heist in the national capital, the driver of a cash transit van allegedly fled with around Rs 22.5 crore from southeast Delhi’s Govindpuri area on Thursday, November 26
The incident was reported in the evening when the armed guard accompanying the van asked the driver to stop the vehicle near Govindpuri Metro station so that he could relieve himself by the roadside, said police.
The driver, identified as Pradeep Shukla, told the guard that he would wait for him in a lane nearby and was last seen taking a sharp turn. When the guard returned, the vehicle and the driver were nowhere to be seen, said police.
Personnel from at least two subdivisions of Delhi Police’s southeast district were roped in along with a specialised crime team and the cash van was soon recovered from near a petrol pump close to the spot where the accused driver had deserted the guard.
The guard, Vinay Patel, informed the matter to the branch concerned of the private bank whose cash they were carrying and bank authorities immediately called up police.
They told police that they had sent four cash transit vans — with total cash of around Rs 38 crore — from their Vikaspuri branch in the day, and the van (DL 1LK 9189) which headed towards southeast Delhi was carrying around Rs 22.5 crore.
However, the final evaluation of the heist would be possible only after the accused is nabbed, police said.
Camera was already installed in the cash van
However, the boxes containing the cash were missing, said police.Senior police officials who rushed to the spot after the incident was reported maintained that this was not a case of robbery but criminal breach of trust