New Delhi: In a daring incident of robbery, a driver and guard of ATM van absconded with more than 22 crore rupees of cash. The cash was inside a locked box which the thieves have stolen.
The heist took place in South Delhi’s Govindpuri area. Borders adjoining the capital has been sealed. The police patrols in the capital have been put on high alert.
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.
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.
CCTV grabs have been obtained from nearby premises while eyewitnesses are being examined and several teams have been put on the case, police added.
Police said that this could be the biggest cash heist in Delhi after the January 2014 gunpoint robbery of Rs 7.69 crore from a businessman at BRT corridor near Moolchand flyover.