Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

The Berhampur Police on Sunday revealed a sensational development in the hijacking incident of an ATM cash van from Aska Road in Ganjam district. 

Berhampur SP Pinak Mishra clarified that the driver of the hijacked ATM cash loading van was in fact the mastermind behind the loot of Rs 24 lakh from the vehicle on August 18.

“The driver of the van along with his two associates hatched the conspiracy for the loot. They orchestrated the loot and the driver intentionally drugged himself to float a story about him being kidnapped,” said Berhampur SP while narrating the modus operandi of the criminals in the case. 

“We came to know about the conspiracy following an interrogation of the driver and his two associates,” he added.
According to police sources, Rs 20.90 lakh cash has been recovered from near the residence of the two accused at Sarangagada in Phulbani district where they had buried the money. 

A motorcycle used by the accused, as many as four mobile phones and a divine slip liquid have also been seized from the possession of the accused.

Further questioning of the accused and investigation into the incident is underway. Police are tracking the GPS location and CCTV footage of the vehicle.

According to reports, the van belonging to cash logistics firm AGS Transact Technologies Ltd was allegedly hijacked when it was on its way to load cash in ATMs. The driver who was rescued in an unconscious state after the vehicle was traced by the Golanthara police had said that some miscreants had looted the cash vehicle after drugging him.

(Edited by Suryakamt Jena)