After solving the biggest cash robbery case of India, Delhi Police entered the Limca Book of Records on January 2.
The robbery took place on November 27, when the driver of a cash transit van allegedly drove away with approximately Rs. 22.50 crore. Four such cash replenishment vans took off from Vikaspuri branch of Axis Bank with around Rs. 38 crore on the afternoon of November 26. The van going south east was the one that the driver fled away with.
The entire southeast district of Delhi Police jumped into action, and they were able to track him down in less than 10 hours.
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The 35-year-old driver was identified as Pradeep Shukla and the police arrested him from a godown of electrical wires in Okhla Industrial Area, at around 1:45 am. According to the police, the van had the driver and an armed guard, Vinay Patel. At around 3:40 pm, the guard asked Shukla to stop the van as he wanted to relieve himself. But instead of waiting for him, the driver fled away.
The police recovered the entire stolen amount except for around Rs. 10,500 that the he had already spent on food alcohol, etc. The money was found stashed in nine cash boxes after the police team raided the area. During interrogation, they found that the driver was planning to run away with the cash in the next few hours. He was booked for criminal breach of trust and other relevant sections of IPC.
“Shukla knew the caretaker of the godown and asked him for shelter in the night, telling him that he would leave early on Friday. The caretaker was, however, found to have no involvement in the crime,” said a senior police official.
Delhi Police informed that this could be the biggest cash robbery case in Delhi after the gunpoint robbery in January 2014 when Rs. 7.69 crore was stolen from a businessman at BRT corridor near Moolchand flyover.
This is what the Delhi Police Commissioner, B S Bassi, tweeted after the felicitation programme.
DP enters the Lima Book of Records for making India’s largest ever cash recovery of ₹22.49 Crores of stolen money. pic.twitter.com/aXcOoHD3ky
— BS Bassi (@BhimBassi) January 2, 2016